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MILTON, ON - August 21, 2018 - The Canadian debut of Lazarus N will have to wait until Saturday, September 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The entry box for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning with 10 older pacers entered, meaning eliminations will not be necessary this weekend. The star-studded group of 10 advance directly to the $600,000 final on September 1. 'The Wonder from Down Under' Lazarus N headlines the field for this year's Pacing Derby. The New Zealand-bred superstar will be making his second start on North American soil in Canada's oldest harness racing event. A six-year-old, Lazarus N was purchased earlier this year by Taylor Made Stallions and brought to North America to race for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Bettors Delight exited the Down Under racing scene with 35 wins in 45 starts, over $2.6 million in earnings and numerous awards. Lazarus N won his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the Dan Patch. While all eyes will be locked on Lazarus N in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the other nine pacers are well-accomplished and will be looking to spoil the party. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked has been cleaning up in the older pacer division and enters the Pacing Derby with six wins and over $672,000 earned in 10 starts. The seven-year-old champion recently surpassed $3 million in career earnings for owner S S G Stables. McWicked will be competing in his third Canadian Pacing Derby final. His best finish was a third in last year's event. Dave Menary trainee Sintra is back to defend his Pacing Derby title. The five-year-old gelding is just one for eight this season, but his lone victory did come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra is currently $964 shy of $1 million in career earnings for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. His win in last year's Pacing Derby is currently the richest victory of his career. Always loaded with talent, trainer Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, will send out a trio of starters in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Burke's triple-threat for the $600,000 event consists of All Bets Off (29 wins, $3.1 million), Filibuster Hanover (12 wins, $1.2 million) and Rockin Ron (33 wins, $1.5 million). All Bets Off will be racing in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The seven-year-old has finished fourth in each of the past two editions. Rockin Ron will be seeking redemption in this year's Pacing Derby. The five-year-old won his elimination last year before surrounding the lead in deep stretch and finishing second in the final. This year's Canadian Pacing Derby also includes Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained five-year-old set the Canadian record of 1:46.4 last June at Mohawk Park. Dr J Hanover has enjoyed recent success at the Milton oval, having posted two Preferred victories since July 28. Mohawk Park fan-favourite Nirvana Seelster is entered to race in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The Bill Budd trained seven-year-old finished fourth in last year's final and enters this year's edition just over $6,000 away from millionaire status. Split The House, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be making his Pacing Derby debut. The Chris Oakes trained six-year-old is a 13-time winner with more than $760,000 in career earnings. The field of 10 is completed by Western Fame, the second entrant from the Takter barn. The winner of more than $925,000 lifetime comes into the Pacing Derby off a 1:48.4 upset victory in last Sunday's Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs. Western Fame may not receive the bright lights like stablemate Lazarus, but the five-year-old has quietly scored five victories and earned nearly $200,000 this season. The field of 10 for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby has combined for 241 wins and $16,277,077 in earnings. The $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby joins the $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot for a stacked card on Saturday, September 1. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Here is the full field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in alphabetical order. All Bets Off Dr J Hanover Filibuster Hanover Lazarus N McWicked Nirvana Seelster Rockin Ron Sintra Split The House Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2018 - The deadline for supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot was Monday morning and the Woodbine Race Office received payments from the connections of Lazarus N and Dancer Hall. A $40,000 payment was required to supplement to the Canadian Pacing Derby or Maple Leaf Trot. "The Wonder from Down Under" Lazarus N will be making his second start on North American soil in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The six-year-old stallion won his U.S. debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the $325,000 Dan Patch. Earlier this year, Lazarus N was purchased by Taylor Made Stallion and brought to North America with eyes on the top races for older pacers and a potential World Record. The son of Bettors Delight, out of Christian Cullen mare Bethany, dominated the racing scene Down Under, winning 35 of 45 starts and earning $2.6 million prior to being purchased. Lazarus N races for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Dancer Hall has been a breakout star this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park and now the four-year-old will get the opportunity to take on the sport's best in the Maple Leaf Trot. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dancer Hall has won seven of his last 10 starts heading into the Maple Leaf Trot. His most recent victory was 4 3/4 lengths score in the $75,000 Earl Rowe Invitational on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs. The Paul Reid trainee has been starring in the Woodbine Preferred this summer, having posted four wins and three runner-up finishes in seven Preferred starts. Dancer Hall is eight for 13 this season with $173,500 earned for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa. His career numbers currently sit at 16 wins and $273,150 earned. Entries for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are due Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. If necessary, eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 25) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Four-year-old gelding Sintra and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson rallied up the pylons to capture the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 12-1 Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary stable star unleashed a furious stretch rally to charge up the inside and nail Rockin Ron at the wire in 1:48.1 for driver Jamieson and trainer Gaetan Hebert. "It's pretty awesome," said co-owner Menary following the victory. "He's a special horse that I thought was a half-mile track horse at the start of the year, but that hasn't worked out well this year. "He likes the big track and he likes to flaunt his speed and I'm happy to be here." Sintra and Jamieson left from post-nine and were able to drop in fourth heading into the first turn. Nirvana Seelster claimed the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26. Elimination winner Rockin Ron and driver Louis Philippe Roy would circle around to the lead from second heading up the backside and led by the half in :54. Similar to his elimination, Roy allowed Rockin Ron to roll in the third-quarter and open up a 2½ length lead at three-quarters in 1:21. Sintra and Jamieson stayed in on the far turn and sat fifth, buried along the pylons turning for home. In the stretch, Rockin Ron continued to pace strongly and had a sizeable lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go. Staying along the rail proved to be the winning move by Jamieson, as room was available and Sintra took dead aim at the leader. The four-year-old used every inch of a racetrack to track down and surpass Rockin Ron by a neck. McWicked rallied from seventh to finish third, while All Bets Off and Nirvana Seelster finished in a dead-heat for fourth. Keystone Velocity, the even-money favourite, finished sixth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra came into the 'Pacing Derby' off a second-place finish to Rockin Ron in his elimination. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do off the gate," said Jamieson following the race. "Dave didn't want me to get away tenth and I didn't want to be blasting out to the lead. "As it worked out, I got away fourth and (Keystone Velocity) moved quickly to get his position and I wasn't sure it was going to work out, even at the head of the stretch. (All Bets Off) was on a left line and (Rockin Ron) run out a bit, (Nirvana Seelster) was on the left line and it opened up and Sintra with any kind of a trip at all...he just explodes through." The 'Pacing Derby' victory is the first for Jamieson, who was very honest with his emotions following the race. "The last couple years, just the positions I've put myself in to not be overly successful, I got to tell you this one feels really good. It feels as good as any of the big wins I've ever had." Rockin Ron, who was the 2/1 second-choice, almost pulled off another front-end mission for the team of Roy and trainer Ron Burke. "It was what I wanted to do," said Roy following the race. "I had (Nirvana Seelster) leaving out so I couldn't keep him there, I just wanted to take him on and pace up front. "He wasn't steering as good as he was last week. Last week he was perfectly straight, but he was a little bit on the line today. Ron will correct that and he'll come back as good as he was last week." Sintra is owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. The four-year-old is now eight for 13 with $578,735 banked this season, while his career totals now sit at 16 wins and $882,385 earned. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $27.40. The $2 Exacta (Sintra-Rockin Ron) paid $184.90, while the $1 Trifecta (Sintra-Rockin Ron-McWicked) checked in at $476.45. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - Back in the care of harness racing trainer Casie Coleman, six-year-old McWicked could surpass $2 million in career earnings with a strong performance in Saturday's $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Following his four-year-old campaign, Mcwicked departed from Coleman's barn and was moved to trainer Steve Elliott, who conditioned the son of Mcardle for his five-year-old season and the first part of his current six-year-old season. "He didn't win a race at four with me and the owners just decided to try him with somebody else," Coleman said. "He went away for a little while, but then they asked me to take him back and I did." Mcwicked's five-year-old season was cut short after sustaining an injury in the June 2016 Roll With Joe Pace, where he flipped his palate and underwent corrective surgery. "I thought he could go with [Always B] Miki and [Wiggle It Jiggleit], I really did," Mcwicked's former trainer Steve Elliot said in an interview last year. "He's a fast, fast horse and he's handy. He doesn't ever grab a line. Sitting in the two-hole, drivers want to get him off the fence. Pull the right line and he takes off. You don't know how much horse you've got until you pull and then you have to watch you don't catch a wheel. He's just that kind of horse. He's a very good horse and circumstances didn't dictate that." Mcwicked, a 21-time winner with $1,992,206 earned for owner S S G Stables, made his 2017 seasonal debut on February 12 at Pompano Park, where he won the $12,500 Open Handicap in 1:50.4 devoid of breathing issues from which he had suffered in the past. "I didn't have any issues with him as a three-year-old with his breathing, but as a four-year-old we started having some issues with that," Coleman said. "Like I'll use the laser machine and laser his palette and take the tongue tie out and stuff along those lines. It's a constant thing you've got to work on because once they have a breathing issue you never know when it's going to come up." After racing ten times this season for Elliott, Mcwicked returned to Coleman's barn and proceeded to win the Preferred at Mohawk on June 3, followed by the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:48.2 on June 17. "I just put him back to the way I had [trained] him," Coleman said. "I don't really know what they were doing with him--I wasn't really concerned with how they rigged him up and trained him because I knew my way worked with him as a three-year-old and he's been seeming to respond." Prior to last Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, Mcwicked had finished fourth in three consecutive starts, including in the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park as the 2-1 favourite. "He didn't race badly at Hoosier, but I was expecting more out of him," Coleman said. "He came up with an abscess in his foot, which we've actually been working on for a little while. He's actually been racing in an A-bar shoe right now just because he has some problems with his foot." Finishing third in his 'Pacing Derby' elimination, Mcwicked paced a 1:48.3 mile with a :25.4 final quarter, coming in six-lengths off of elimination winner Rockin Ron. "Everything seems great [heading into the Pacing Derby]," Coleman said. "I wish he was a little bit better on that foot--he trained yesterday (Tuesday); he trained really good. He's sharp and feeling good, but we still have a little bit of an issue with his foot but I think that will be fine by the time we get to Saturday." McWicked will start from the rail in Saturday's big race and will have the driving services of David Miller. "The rail isn't necessarily the best place to be--I mean, I'll take it over the nine or ten any day. Like it's hard for a horse to race on the front-end and get off the rail, so I'm hoping he gets away mid pack, follows some cover and hopefully works out from that spot." Update on Summer Travel After winning the Dream Maker Final in a stakes-record 1:50.3 on August 7, Coleman trained two-year-old Summer Travel was scheduled to race in last Saturday's Nassagaweya Stakes, but was scratched due to sickness. The Western Ideal colt was not the only Coleman rookie to be scratched, as filly Play The Bell, the winner of this year's Battle of The Belles, was also pulled from the Eternal Camnation. "They trained early (last) week and they were awesome--couldn't have been better," Coleman said. "But then on Thursday, the both of them started to snot but were eating good and feeling good. On Friday they were a lot more snotty and started to cough, still seeming to feel fine until Saturday morning we came in and saw Summer Travel had a temperature of 104 [Fahrenheit] and Play The Bell had a temperature of 102, so obviously we had to scratch them." "We've been treating them; they're on antibiotics. They seem to both be responding quite well--their snot pretty much cleared up and their temperatures are fine. Still, they both do have a little bit of a cough, but it is much, much better." The signs of improvement gave Coleman enough confidence to enter both rookies in this Saturday's Grand Circuit events at Mohawk. Summer Travel will compete in a $96,880 Champlain division, while Play The Bell will start in the $169,381 Champlain Filly Stakes. "They're both going to be a touch-bit short because I can't train them as much as I'd like to," Coleman said. "We've got to let them get over the sickness. Obviously, if at all they are not ready by Saturday, we're not going to take a chance and race them, but I think we'll be okay." Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby card at Mohawk features 12-races and over $1.4 million in purses. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Ray Cotolo

It would come as no surprise to harness racing trainer Ron Burke if Rockin Ron gets on a roll.  Rockin Ron heads to Saturday's C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack off a career-best 1:47.2 win in his elimination last weekend. The 5-year-old gelding will start the final from post four with driver Louis Philippe Roy. For the year, Rockin Ron has won six of 20 races and earned $243,945. He has finished off the board only twice in his most recent nine starts, posting two victories, four seconds and a third during that span. Prior to his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, Rockin Ron was second to Dealt A Winner in the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga Downs. "It does not surprise me that he went that mile," Burke said about Rockin Ron's elimination performance, which was three-fifths of a second from equaling the fastest mile in Canadian history. "He's gotten on rolls before where he's won a lot of races in a row and beaten really good horses. "Since (early July) he's been consistently getting better. People forget, he beat Wiggle It Jiggleit twice last year. He's not just a horse, he's a pretty nice kind of horse." Rockin Ron won 11 consecutive races after joining Burke's stable in November 2015. The streak culminated with his victory over Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, in the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Rockin Ron's time of 1:50.1 was the fastest ever by an older pacer on a Canadian half-mile track. A son of Real Desire out of the mare Im All A Roan, Rockin Ron has won 26 of 76 career races and earned $759,773. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and RTC Stables. Burke, who won the Canadian Pacing Derby in 2012 with Foiled Again and in 2010 with Won The West, also sends out All Bets Off and Check Six in Saturday's 10-horse final. All Bets Off finished second to Keystone Velocity in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination; Check Six was fourth in the elimination won by his stablemate Rockin Ron. The 6-year-old All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Armbro Penelope, has won 25 of 94 career races and earned $2.58 million. Among his three victories this season was the Battle of Lake Erie in June. He starts from post six Saturday with driver Yannick Gingras. "I like his spot," said Burke, who trains the stallion for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and The Panhellenic Stable. "The six hole gives Yannick options; he can go either way. I think he's got a good chance. The horse has been better and better. I'm very happy with him." Check Six, a 4-year-old stallion, won the Sam McKee Memorial and Dan Patch Stakes in his two starts prior to the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations. He will leave from post No. 10, the outermost position, in the final and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky. For his career, Check Six has won 18 of 47 races and earned $1.53 million. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and Jim Martin. He is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Southwind Vanna. "I thought he was disappointing (in his elimination) but when you look back at it he just got into a bad spot where he had to leave and then he had to come first up against a horse that was going a great mile," Burke said. "I like that we were able to get Timmy. He's going to need it to be a 'Gong Show' for him to probably win, but when you don't have a horse that stands out above all the others, and I don't think we do, there should be plenty of movement. I think you have a bunch of horses that can win." The Canadian Pacing Derby, first raced in 1936, is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. Mohawk's card Saturday also includes Champlain Stakes action for 2-year-old male and female pacers as well as the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old trotters. Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in post-position order with listed drivers and trainers. Keystone Velocity was a C$40,000 supplemental entry. The race is No. 7 on the card, with a 9:30 p.m. estimated post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. McWicked-David Miller-Casie Coleman 2. Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 3. Easy Lover Hanover-Doug McNair-Ben Wallace 4. Rockin Ron-Louis Philippe Roy-Ron Burke 5. Rockeyed Optimist-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 6. All Bets Off-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7. Nirvana Seelster-Trevor Henry-Bill Budd 8. Dealt A Winner-David Miller-Mark Silva 9. Sintra-Jody Jamieson-Gaetan Hebert 10. Check Six-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - A loaded 12 race harness racing card, featuring the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, has been assembled for Saturday evening (September 2) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Champlain, Simcoe and Ontario Sires Stakes Gold make up the 'Pacing Derby' undercard. Over $1.4 million in purses will be up for grabs. The Canadian Pacing Derby, first raced in 1936, is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. The 2017 edition has been carded as Race 7 and will feature 10 of the top older pacers in the sport. Keystone Velocity (PP2, Simon Allard) and Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy) each come into the final off impressive elimination victories last Saturday. Trained by Rene Allard, Keystone Velocity turned in an incredible :25.1 final-quarter to zoom by rivals and capture his elimination in 1:48.2. The nine-year-old was eight-lengths from the lead at the half and is charted with a :51.3 back-half. Keystone Velocity, who is proving to be like a fine wine, is having a career-best season at age nine, with seven wins in 14 outings and over $644,000 earned. A $3,000 yearling purchase back in 2009 for his original connections, Keystone Velocity is from the final crop of famed stallion Western Hanover. The 25-time winner and earner of over $1.1 million is owned by Allard Racing Inc, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr and VIP Internet Stable LLC. The opportunity to compete in Canada's oldest stakes race is a career accomplishment for driver Simon Allard. "I'm glad my brother put him in the Canadian Pacing Derby, it's like a dream come true for me to get to race him," Allard shared. "I used to be in the dorm back in the day as a groom and saw Real Desire and Four Starzzz Shark race in (2002) and now I'm in it." Keystone Velocity was a $40,000 supplemental entry to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby. Rockin Ron, who captured the other elimination, is one of three horses that trainer Ron Burke will send out in this year's 'Pacing Derby'. A five-year-old gelding, Rockin Ron went coast-to-coast in an eye-catching and career-best 1:47.2 last Saturday for Burke and driver Louis Philippe Roy. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stable Inc, Rockin Ron is six for 20 this season with nearly $250,000 earned. The five-year-old has finished either first or second in six of his last eight starts. Rockin Ron enters the 'Pacing Derby' with 26 career victories and a career bankroll of $815,858. The gritty pair of All Bets Off (PP 6) and Check Six (PP 10) complete the Burke 'Pacing Derby' trio. Yannick Gingras is currently listed on both horses after qualifying each for the final. A winner of over $2.6 million, All Bets Off has been a familiar face in these big events over the last few seasons. The six-year-old son of Bettor's Delight finished fourth in last year's 'Pacing Derby' after finishing sixth in the 2015 edition. Four-year-old Check Six had a two-race win streak snapped in last Saturday's elimination. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has already captured the Sam McKee Memorial and Dan Patch Stakes this season to help boost his career-earnings to over $1.5 million. Similar to All Bets Off, McWicked (PP1, David Miller), Nirvana Seelster (PP7, Trevor Henry) and Dealt A Winner (PP8, David Miller) all have past experience in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked will surpass $2 million in career earnings with a top-five finish in Saturday's contest. The six-year-old competed in the 2015 'Pacing Derby', finishing fifth. Local standout Nirvana Seelster, who is a career winner of over $700,000, will be making his third 'Pacing Derby' appearance and will be looking to change his luck. The Bill Budd trained six-year-old made a break at the start in last year's edition, but still managed to finish sixth. In the 2015 edition, 'Nirvana' finished ninth. Mark Silva trainee Dealt A Winner was an impressive third to Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. The five-year-old gelding, who's earned $877,131 in his racing career, recently captured the Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs. Ben Wallace trained four-year-old Easy Lover Hanover (PP3, Doug McNair), Steve Elliott trained six-year-old Rockeyed Optimist (PP5, Brett Miller) and Gaetan Hebert trained four-year-old Sintra (PP9, Jody Jamieson) complete the field for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby. The 10 older pacers in this Saturday's main event have combined earnings of $11,817,508. While the heavyweights will have the main spotlight, Saturday's card also features talented rookie pacers and sophomore trotters. The $194,760 Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers will feature 21 pacing colts and geldings competing over two divisions (Race 5 and 9). Undefeated pacing colt Summer Travel headlines the group of pacing colts and geldings in the evening's second division. The Casie Coleman trained son of Western Ideal, who was scratched sick from last weekend's Nassagaweya, is three for three and currently the fastest two-year-old in North America, with a mark of 1:50.3. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies also features an impressive undefeated harness racing rookie. Percy Bluechip is the star in a field of nine competing for $169,381 (Race 2). The Dr. Ian Moore trained daughter of Shadow Play is four for four and last Saturday captured the Eternal Camnation Stakes in 1:51.4. Gearing up for the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations on September 9, a field of 12 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will square off in the $165,838 Simcoe Stakes (Race 6). Returning to Mohawk for the first time since capturing the Goodtimes Stakes, International Moni will start from post-four for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Frank Antonacci. The son of French Stallion Love You is four for six this season with $233,600 earned. Ontario Sires Stakes standout Try Try Again will take his first crack at Grand Circuit action. The Dustin Jones trainee, who drew post-12, is six for nine this season with $126,825 earned. Saturday's stakes-packed card also features a pair of $98,000 OSS Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. They have been carded as Races 8 and 10. A program proof for the Canadian Pacing Derby card is available by clicking here. Fans are encouraged to arrive early Saturday for an autograph session with World Driving Champion James MacDonald (time TBD). The first 300 guests to come through the doors Saturday will receive a free program and there will also be live music, BBQ, summer games and giveaways going on all evening long. Post Time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - The harness racing field is set for the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby, Canada's oldest harness race, following a pair of $40,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Keystone Velocity and Rockin Ron captured their respective eliminations to head into next Saturday's $615,000 final with full momentum. Each $40,000 elimination featured a field of eight with the top-five finishers advancing. A $40,000 supplement entry, Keystone Velocity backed up his connections by unleashing a wild :25.1 final-quarter to win the first 'Pacing Derby' elimination in 1:48.2. As expected, Nirvana Seelster shot out from the rail to grab the early lead, but had no challengers going with him. The field of eight lined up in post position order, allowing Nirvana Seelster to call the shots through an opening-half of :55.1. With outside challengers beginning to move up around the far turn, Yannick Gingras angled All Bets Off out of the two-hole to pull up beside 'Nirvana' at three-quarters in 1:22.2. Keystone Velocity, who got away sixth with driver Simon Allard, was into the outer-flow to sit third-over and four and quarter lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, the gritty All Bets Off took the lead, but couldn't fight off a storming Keystone Velocity on the far outside. The Rene Allard trainee fired home in :25.1 to win by a length. All Bets Off held second, while the top-five finishers were rounded out by Dealt A Winner, Nirvana Seelster and Easy Lover Hanover. A nine-year-old son of Western Hanover, Keystone Velocity has been having a tremendous season with six wins in 13 starts entering Saturday's contest. Despite having only one start in the last month heading into the 'Pacing Derby', the Rene Allard trainee was ready to roll. "I was just going to race him to get into the final, but the horse is so sharp," said Simon Allard post-race. "He's (had) a lot of vacation, but we've been training him and keeping him in and keeping him real brave and he was very ready for this race." Keystone Velocity, who won the $500,000 Ben Franklin on July 1, now has $644,250 earned this season to bring his career totals to 26 wins and over $1.1 million earned. The veteran pacer was supplemented to the 'Pacing Derby' last Monday by his owners Allard Racing Inc, Kapildeo Singh and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Although he currently resides and races south of the border, Simon Allard was thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to Canada and compete in Canada's oldest harness race. "I'm glad my brother put him in the Canadian Pacing Derby, it's like a dream come true for me to get to race him," Allard shared. "I used to be in the dorm back in the day as a groom and saw Real Desire and Four Starzzz Shark race in that race and now I'm in it. "It's really a cool time right now and I'm really enjoying it." Keystone Velocity equaled his career-mark with his 1:48.2 mile on Saturday. The Allard trainee paid $6.90 to win. Keystone Velocity The second elimination was the opposite of the first, as Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron blew the doors off his rivals by going coast to coast in a career-best 1:47.2. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy for the first time, Rockin Ron shot out from post-four to grab the early lead and posted opening-fractions of :26.3 and :54.3. Stablemate Check Six committed first-up on the far turn from fourth, but couldn't make up much ground, as Roy let Rockin Ron blaze a :26.4 third-quarter. There was no stepping off the gas pedal in the stretch, as Rockin Ron pulled away from two-hole resident Sintra to win by 3½ lengths. McWicked finished third, while Check Six and Rockeyed Optimist rounded out the top-five. "The only word I had before the race was Yannick (Gingras) told me he was a nice horse and you can do anything you want with (him)," said Roy post-race. "I just sat behind him and was a passenger and he was strong in the last-quarter." Rockin Ron was coming into Saturday's contest off a solid second-place finish in the Roll With Joe last Sunday at Tioga. The 'Pacing Derby' elimination score gives the Burke trainee six wins in 20 starts this season, 26 victories overall and pushes him passed the $800,000 mark in career earnings. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables Inc. Rockin Ron paid $12.40 to win. Rockin Ron The post positions for next Saturday's $615,000 final were drawn immediately following the eliminations. Keystone Velocity and Rockin Ron earned the right to select their posts. The Canadian Pacing Derby will highlight a stakes packed card next Saturday (September 2) at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here is the field for the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. 1. McWicked 2. Keystone Velocity 3. Easy Lover Hanover 4. Rockin Ron 5. Rockeyed Optimist 6. All Bets Off 7. Nirvana Seelster 8. Dealt A Winner 9. Sintra 10. Check Six AE: Lyons Snyder Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 24 - Drawing post one, locally-trained speedster Nirvana Seelster approaches seven harness racing rivals in the first of two $40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. "He seems like the older he gets, the better he gets," shared trainer William Budd. Nirvana Seelster, a six-year-old gelding by Camluck out of the Western Hanover mare No Strikes Against, has won eight races in 23 starts this season, holding a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 taken on July 15 in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. In nearly all of his starts this season, Nirvana Seelster has asserted himself on or near the lead. "He will race in a hole, but he's better up front," Budd said. "He used to race from behind--he won from behind two or three times, but he wasn't good gaited. Then he got into the game [of being on the lead] real good and that was his style; he wants to leave." Leading into this season, Budd did not make any equipment adjustments on Nirvana Seelster. The conditioner attributes Nirvana Seelster's improvement this season to "growth and development" with age and his breeding. "As soon as you change things around on him, he doesn't want that," Budd said. "He wants his own style." Over the last two years, Nirvana Seelster's main stakes appearances have come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational and in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Trying his on-the-front style in last year's Gold Cup, Nirvana Seelster finished sixth and then made the only break in his career in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination after hitting the gate. Finishing second in this year's edition of the Gold Cup, Nirvana Seelster enters the Canadian Pacing Derby off five starts in the Mohawk Preferred, winning twice and finishing second in the rest. "We've gotten invited to the [Gold Cup] just through a little bit of luck," Budd said about the 31-time winner and earner of over $705,000. "He beat some good horses there, but they'll know he's a threat [in the Pacing Derby]." Nirvana Seelster has only been staked to the Canadian Pacing Derby over the last two seasons, as it is a race Budd and owner Bruce Davy have wanted to win. Trevor Henry, who picked up the drive on Nirvana Seelster in late May, will sit behind the 4-1 morning line choice competing against morning-line favourite and Ben Franklin champion Keystone Velocity. The third choice in the opening 'Pacing Derby' elimination is Dealt A Winner, who comes in off a 1:47.4 victory at Tioga Downs in last Sunday's Roll With Joe. "Rick [Zeron] had Shamballa coming into the [Gold Cup] and I needed a driver, so I got Trevor," Budd said. "Trevor and I go back a long way and he was the man for him. But it's still between Trevor and Rick. When the wings of the gate fold in Saturday's third-race, it'll be no secret where the rail starter will be heading with hopes of qualifying for the $615,000 big dance on September 2. "It's a little tougher getting off the rail, but he'll give what he's got," Budd noted. "We just need a little bit of luck. He should be okay." Post time for Saturday's card at Mohawk Racetrack is 7:30 p.m. The Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations are carded as Races 3 and 6. The 12-race program also features two divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes and a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. WEG Communications - Ray Cotolo

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - A group of 16 older pacers will compete in this Saturday's (August 26) Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack in search of a harness racing spot in the $615,000 final on September 2. First raced in 1936, the Canadian Pacing Derby is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. An annual showcase of the finest pacers in the sport, this year's group of entrants is arguably the most competitive in recent memory. The 16 older pacers have been divided evenly into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top five finishers from each split advance. Of the 16 entrants in this year's eliminations, six have won over $1 million (All Bets Off, Check Six, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, McWicked, Wakizashi Hanover), while two are double millionaires (All Bets Off, Mach It So). The first elimination is led by the hard-nosed six-year-old All Bets Off (PP2, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trainee comes to Mohawk a 25-time winner with over $2.6 million earned during his racing career. All Bets Off is three for 16 this season and has banked $376,688. Despite having only won seven of 43 starts over the last 18 months, the Burke trainee has made over $1 million, finishing outside the top-five just six-times. A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off most recently finished fourth in the Roll With Joe last Sunday at Tioga Downs. The opening elimination also features Wakizashi Hanover (PP3, TBA), the winner of the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup. The five-year-old gelding has yet to make a big impact in the older pacing division, but the Joann Looney King trainee has tremendous speed, including a 1:47.3 career-mark posted in July at The Meadowlands, and could benefit from a return to the site of his biggest victory. Wakizashi Hanover is the second-highest earner in his elimination with $1.5 million banked. The other millionaire in the first split is the $40,000 supplement entry Keystone Velocity (PP6, Simon Allard). The Rene Allard trainee has won six of 13 starts this season and his connections opted to supplement him to this year's 'Pacing Derby' on Monday morning. Keystone Velocity, who won July's $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono, is a 25-time winner with over $1.1 million in career earnings. Local standout Nirvana Seelster (PP1, Trevor Henry) will look to protect home soil in the first elimination. The Bill Budd trained six-year-old gelding has won eight of 23 starts this season and has hit the board in 13 of his last 14 starts. Rounding out the field for the first elimination is Dealt A Winner (PP4, David Miller), Dudes The Man (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Evenin Of Pleasure (PP7, Brett Miller) and Easy Lover Hanover (PP8, Doug McNair). The second elimination is headlined by the red-hot Check Six (PP7, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trained four-year-old is coming into the 'Pacing Derby' eliminations off back-to-back victories in the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands and Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park. Check Six, who banked over $1 million last season, appears to have shed the four-year-old blues after going winless in nine starts prior to the Sam McKee Memorial. The Burke student is an 18-time winner with over $1.5 million earned. Another four-year-old standout in the second elimination is Sintra (PP1, Jody Jamieson). The gelded son of Mach Three captured this year's Graduate Series final and has won seven of 11 starts heading into the 'Pacing Derby' elimination. McWicked (PP3, David Miller), who won this year's Mohawk Gold Cup, will be seeking another big victory at the Campbellville oval. The six-year-old Casie Coleman trainee is nearing double millionaire status and is six for 18 this season. The richest horse in the second elimination is seven-year-old gelding Mach It So (PP2, David Miller). The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee captured the $427,000 William Haughton Memorial last month at The Meadowlands. Mach It So, who is a 37-time winner with over $2.1 million earned, has earned a cheque in all 16 of his starts this season, while making three visits to the winner's circle. The second elimination is completed by Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy), Lyons Snyder (PP5, Brett Miller), Rockeyed Optimist (PP6, Brett Miller) and Shamballa (PP8, Scott Zeron). The Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations are carded as Races 3 and 6 on Saturday's 12-race program. Saturday's card also features two-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit action. A group of 21 rookie pacing colts and geldings have been split into two Nassagaweya divisions, while 10 two-year-old pacing fillies will square off in a single division of the Eternal Camnation. Headlining the Nassagaweya Stakes is Western Ideal colt Summer Travel, who will start from post-seven in the $112,525 10-horse second division. The Casie Coleman trained rookie is three for three to start his career and is currently North America's fastest two-year-old with a mark of 1:50.3 taken in the Dream Maker Series on August 7. David Miller picks up the drive behind the talented freshman. The opening split of the Nassagaweya will feature a field of 11 competing for a purse of $113,525. The $192,333 Eternal Camnation Stakes is led by Shadow Play filly Percy Bluechip. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee dazzled in her career debut on July 9 at Georgian Downs, winning an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold in 1:51.2. The sensational rookie has since followed up with a pair of OSS Gold victories, including last Saturday night at Mohawk. Trevor Henry will guide Percy Bluechip from post-nine. The Nassagaweya Stakes are carded as Races 5 and 10, while the Eternal Camnation Stakes is carded as Race 8. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for Saturday's stakes races. Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #1 - $40,000 1. Nirvana Seelster (Henry/Budd) 2. All Bets Off (Gingras/Burke) 3. Wakizashi Hanover (TBA/Looney King) 4. Dealt A Winner (D. Miller/Silva) 5. Dudes The Man (Jamieson/Okusko Jr) 6. Keystone Velocity (S. Allard/R. Allard) 7. Evenin Of Pleasure (B. Miller/Burke) 8. Easy Lover Hanover (McNair/Wallace) Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #2 - $40,000 1. Sintra (Jamieson/Hebert) 2. Mach It So (D. Miller/Bamond Jr) 3. McWicked (D. Miller/Coleman) 4. Rockin Ron (Roy/Burke) 5. Lyons Snyder (B. Miller/Takter) 6. Rockeyed Optimist (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Check Six (Gingras/Burke) 8. Shamballa (S. Zeron/R. Zeron)   Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #1 - $113,525 1. Albergo Hanover (Cullen/Cullen) 2. This Is The Plan (D. Miller/Ryder) 3. Street Boy (McNair/Coleman) 4. Treasure Writer (MacDonell/MacDonell) 5. Dragon Time (Jamieson/Hebert) 6. Twin B Tuffenuff (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Levis Day (Henry/Puddy) 8. Declan Seelster (Jamieson/Hebert) 9. Phil The Thrill (Christoforou/Sucee) 10. Babes Dig Me (Filion/Alagna) 11. Shadow Moon (Henry/Moore) Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #2 - $112,525 1. Odds On Lauderdale (S. Zeron/Alagna) 2. Torrin Hanover (Waples/Bardier Jr) 3. Trump That (Jamieson/Hebert) 4. Casimir Richie P (Henry/Moore) 5. Hudson Phil (J. MacDonald/Steacy) 6. California Cruisin (Gingras/Johansson) 7. Summer Travel (D. Miller/Coleman) 8. Pedro Hanover (Gingras/Harris) 9. BrackleyBeach (MacDonell/Moore) 10. Courtly Choice (B. Miller/MacIntosh)   Eternal Camnation Stakes - $192,333 1. Apothic (R. Zeron/Brethour) 2. Play The Bell (D. Miller/Coleman) 3. Kissin In The Sand (Gingras/Johansson) 4. Pueblo Blue Chip (Jamieson/Hebert) 5. Miss Mary Mach (Filion/O'Sullivan) 6. Im With Her (MacDonell/MacDonell) 7. Kendall Seelster (Waples/Reid) 8. Ella Is Awesome (Gingras/Johansson) 9. Percy Bluechip (Henry/Moore) 10. Delaney R (D. Miller/Coleman)   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind harness racing horsepeople that the entry box for the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby closes tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10:30 a.m. Supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby were due this morning and the connections of nine-year-old Keystone Velocity opted to supplement for a fee of $40,000. A winner of over $1.1 million, Keystone Velocity has won six of 13 starts this season for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc, Kapildeo Singh and VIP Internet Stable LLC. Keystone Velocity is a 25-time winner with a mark of 1:48.2. If necessary, eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place this Saturday (August 26). The final of Canada's oldest harness race is scheduled for Saturday, September 2. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3... Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by Montrell Teague, front-stepped his way to a harness racing victory in the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Saturday night at Mohawk. The four-year-old gelding, who was the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, stopped the clock in 1:49 en route to his 35th victory in 46 lifetime starts. As Wiggle It Jiggleit surged to the lead, Always B Miki was hot on his heels. The 7-5 bettor's choice held position into the first turn posting a flashy :25.3 opening panel, which forced Always B Miki to drop into third behind a second-sitting Nickle Bag. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a triple millionaire, then continued to march past the half in :54.1, which is when Always B Miki and driver Dave Miller made another bid for the lead. The son of Mr Wiggles began to open up on the field after they paced by the three-quarters in 1:21.4. No one could catch Wiggle It Jiggleit in the stretch, which secured his wire-to-wire victory by one and three-quarter lengths. Always B Miki stayed for second, while Dealt A Winner, at odds of 112-1, rallied for third. "You got to take advantage of it when you have it," Montrell Teague noted about leaving from the rail and having the opportunity to cut the fractions. "I showed it tonight-:25.3. I think everybody got what I was doing." "Just warming him up, you can tell that he is on his game," added the reinsman. "He got a little bit grabby coming home so I knew he knew what to do and the track was good." The Clyde Francis trainee is now 12-5-2 in 19 starts this season and with the win, Wiggle It Jiggleit boasts $3,626,907 in career earnings for owners George Teague Jr Inc., and Teague Racing Partnership. "Clyde does a great job," said co-owner George Teague. "I haven't even seen him for the last two weeks so it isn't nothing to do with me. Clyde Francis does a great job and Montrell managed him his whole career and saved when he could and when he raced him hard, he raced him hard. But that's a big credit to the two of them." Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $4.90 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Mohawk Racetrack is set to host its annual end of summer harness racing bash Saturday, better known as the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. An outstanding 13-race program, featuring over $2.4 million purses, has been put together and will be headlined by the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady. The Simcoe Stakes and Ontario Sires Stakes make up a fantastic undercard. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Along with harness racing's finest competing on the track, fans will be entertained from start to finish at the Campbellville facility. Doors open to the Grandstand at 5:30 p.m. and fans will be able to stop by and visit with an Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society horse outside the main entrance. Fans arriving early can sign up at the Customer Service desk for a sulky ride on a double-seat jog cart during the races Saturday. Spots are limited and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Mohawk is happy to once again offer the popular "First Bet on Us" promotion, where fans can sign up to receive a free $2 wager upon arrival. An autograph session with several past winning drivers of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will get underway at 6:20 p.m. inside the Grandstand. Singer/songwriter Jennifer Newman will be performing the Canadian national anthem, while Brian McIntyre will entertain with live music all evening on the apron. There will be a variety of food options, including the BBQ Pit, Roast Beef stand and Ice Cream zone. Harness racing fans are in for a treat Saturday, as three of the top four horses in the current 'Horse of the Year - Top 10 Poll' will be competing on the card. The popular Wiggle It Jiggleit is currently ranked first in the poll and he goes up against rival Always B Miki (#4) in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Betting Line, this year's Pepsi North America Cup champion, is ranked third and competes in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. As always, parking and admission is free to Mohawk Racetrack. For more information on Saturday's events and everything at the Campbellville oval, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer, the 2015 O'Brien Award Horse of the Year, returns to the harness racing stakes ranks to defend his Canadian Pacing Derby crown Saturday (September 3) at Mohawk Racetrack. State Treasurer, who won last year's edition in 1:47.4, is one of two starters sent out by Moore in Saturday's $616,000 contest. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire, from the Western Ideal mare Ideal Treasure, made his last stakes appearance in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final on July 2 at Pocono Downs, where he raced from off the pace and finished seventh to Always B Miki in a 1:47 mile. "I think he got tired of chasing them," Dr. Ian Moore said. "I'm not saying that he'll step right up and go [1]:47 again, but I am saying that he seems different this time of year than he was earlier in the year." State Treasurer's first win this season was in his tenth start, on July 23, at Mohawk in the Preferred, where he paced in 1:48.4. "He maybe wasn't quite as good at the start of the year," Moore said. "But he's the type of horse that really excels on winning because it instills confidence into him. I know people may wonder when I say that, but some horses definitely become confident when they win. He's one of them." Entered into a $34,000 Preferred on August 6 at Mohawk, State Treasurer was lame in his jog the day prior and was scratched. Moore found that the horse had stepped on a two-inch #10 screw that burrowed into his left hind hoof. He was given antibiotics to prevent infection from the injury and returned to race on August 13, winning the Preferred in 1:50.1 from post nine. Then on August 20, he won as the 4-5 favorite in 1:48.3. "One of the owners wanted to race him [in the Preferred] last week and I thought a week off would be best," Moore said. "But it didn't matter anyway; [Mohawk] didn't go with the top class. He jogged very sharp all last week." "I trained him today [Wednesday], and he trained probably as good as he ever trained," Moore also said. Earning $2,058,130 in his career, State Treasurer will race from post three for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald. Chris Christoforou will drive. "Obviously the big three are Wiggle It [Jiggleit], [Always B] Miki, and Shamballa, and everybody will be betting on those guys," Moore said. "But they'll know he's there; he'll give it his all. This is his home track and he has his regular driver with him that night, so he'll be very tough." Moore's other trainee, Rockin In Heaven, who he owns in partnership with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, and Gordon McComb, drew post five for his first start since finishing third in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. "He has been a very nice surprise for us over the last couple of years for us and he continues to surprise us," Moore said. "He was charted going 1:48.3 this year and 1:48.2 in the mud. He's a pretty nice horse who always seems to give his best, too." The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven from the Jennas Beach Boy mare Tropics Beachgirl has earned $512,361 in his career. "We're very proud and pleased to have two in the [Canadian Pacing] Derby," Moore said. "We're hoping for a good trip and to pick up some money." The Canadian Pacing Derby is carded as the tenth race on the 13-race program. Here is the full field for the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final. 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague - Clyde Franics 2. Nickle Bag - Rocknroll Hanover - Trevor Henry - William Robinson 3. State Treasurer - Real Desire - Chris Christoforou - Dr. Ian Moore 4. Shamballa - Somebeachsomewhere - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 5. Rockin In Heaven - Rock N Roll Heaven - Jody Jamieson - Dr. Ian Moore 6. Nirvana Seelster - Camluck - Phil Hudon - William Budd 7. All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8. Always B Miki - Always A Virgin - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 9. Dealt A Winner - Cams Card Shark - Andy Miller - Mark Silva 10. Evenin Of Pleasure - Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The $661,000 Metro Pace and $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will highlight Saturday's $2.4 million harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. One of the biggest nights of the season, the 'Pacing Derby' and Metro card will put the sport's top older pacers and the stars of the future on display. The $427,000 Shes A Great Lady is also a main event on the card. Saturday's card is filled with stakes action from start to finish. Joining the big three events is the $215,704 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, $208,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $210,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings (two divisions). Harness racing fans are in for a treat, as three of the top four horses in the current Top 10 - Horse of the Year poll will be racing on Saturday. Wiggle It Jiggleit (#1) and Always B Miki (#4) will compete in the Canadian Pacing Derby, while Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line (#3) is racing in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Canadian Pacing Derby will be the main event Saturday and is carded as Race 10. Another classic battle is expected between heavyweights Wiggle It Jiggleit (PP1, Montrell Teague), Shamballa (PP4, Rick Zeron) and Always B Miki (PP8, David Miller). Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 11 of 18 this season, including the $325,000 Dan Patch on August 12 at Hoosier Park. The winner of over $3.3 million has hit the board in all 18 starts this season for another $1 million season. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit holds a career mark of 1:47.2 taken over a sloppy track at The Meadowlands. Shamballa has made major noise this season to be linked with the heavyweights of pacing. The Rick Zeron trainee won the US Pacing Championship on August 6 at The Meadowlands in 1:47.1 and finished second in the William Haughton Memorial in July. A winner of over $800,000, Shamballa will be looking to use home track advantage. Always B Miki has had a monstrous 2016 with six wins from 10 starts, including triumphs in the Mohawk Gold Cup, Ben Franklin and Haughton Memorial. The Jimmy Takter trainee became the fastest horse in the history of Mohawk Racetrack when he won the Gold Cup in 1:47.1 earlier this season. Approaching double millionaire status, Always B Miki is undefeated in three starts north of the border. The 'Pacing Derby' field also includes last year's champion State Treasurer (PP3, Chris Christoforou). The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings is headlined by last Saturday's three elimination winners. Takter trainee Ocean Colony (PP4, Yannick Gingras) was the fastest elimination winner with a 1:50.1 score by a head over Ideal Wheel (David Miller, PP8). Windsong Napoleon (PP3, Phil Hudon) pulled off a stunning 54-1 upset in the first Metro elimination, while the final division saw Beyond Delight (PP1, Sylvain Filion) surprise at 20-1. The Metro Pace is the sport's richest race for two-year-olds and is carded as Race 7. The Shes A Great Lady for rookie pacing fillies also had a major upset in last Saturday's eliminations. Thats The Ticket (PP2, Sylvain Filion) struck for a 58-1 shocker in the first elimination, while the second split went to even-money favourite Idyllic Beach (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 4. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit week continues with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacing fillies. A fantastic group of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies will square off in the $215,704 Simcoe Filly Pace. L A Delight (PP8, Randy Waples), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady, will look for her second consecutive Grand Circuit victory after capturing the Nadia Lobell last Saturday at The Meadows. The Bob McIntosh trainee recently went over $1 million in earnings and has won six of 10 starts this season. Pure Country (PP1, Yannick Gingras) is returning to Mohawk for the first time since capturing the Fan Hanover Stakes in June. The Takter trained filly has competed against the boys on two occasions this season and sports a record of six wins in 12 starts. Her career bankroll entering the Simcoe sits at over $1.5 million. Darlinonthebeach (PP2, David Miller) will be looking to turn the tables on Pure Country at Mohawk, as she finished second in the Fan Hanover Stakes. The Nancy Johansson trainee has eight victories in 13 starts this season and over $722,000 in career earnings. The Simcoe Filly Pace is carded as Race 6. The Simcoe Trot attracted 16 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. A pair of eight-horse $104,020 divisions will be contested Saturday and are headlined by a pair of Julie Miller trainees. Sutton (PP3, Andy Miller) stars in the first division for the Miller's. A two-time winner this season, he finished third in the $1 million Hambletonian final and has banked over $241,000 in 2016. Milligans School (PP8, Andy Miller) will be looking to get back in the winner's circle for the first time since early July in the second split. The son of Yankee Glide has three wins in 10 starts this season for earnings of over $187,000. The Simcoe Trot divisions have been carded as Races 8 and 11. The best Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will also compete on Saturday's super card in two $105,000 Gold divisions. Betting Line (PP2, David Miller), this year's Pepsi North America Cup champion, will headline the OSS action in the second division. The Casie Coleman trainee has won nine of 10 starts this season with his only defeat coming in his season debut. Betting Line has earned over $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings total to more than $1.6 million. The OSS Gold divisions have been carded as Races 2 and 3. Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the 13-race program gets started at 7:30 p.m. Fans will be able to meet several former Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace winning drivers during an autograph session getting underway 6:20 p.m. Fans will also be able to sign up for a sulky ride (limited spots), enjoy live music and receive their 'First Bet on Us'. For more information, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com The entries and an early program proof for Saturday's card can be view by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The harness racing pacing stars of today and tomorrow are set to clash at Mohawk Racetrack over the next two weekends for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. The entry box for all three major events closed Tuesday morning with no eliminations required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. The Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will need eliminations this Saturday (August 28) to determine the finalists for September 3. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Metro for three $40,000 eliminations, while 15 rookie pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Shes A Great Lady for two $35,000 eliminations. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest stakes race and the 2016 edition has attracted a field of superstars. State Treasurer, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, is back to defend his 'Pacing Derby' crown against several of harness racing's titans. Always B Miki, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be returning to Mohawk for the first time since his 1:47.1 Track Record performance in the Mohawk Gold Cup. The Jimmy Takter trained five-year-old has won six of 10 starts this season, including the Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial. The World Champion is approaching double millionaire status and holds a mark of 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, will look to become the third four-year-old to win the Canadian Pacing Derby in the last 10 years. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, the son of Mr Wiggles has earned over $1 million this season to bring his career bankroll to over $3.3 million. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 34 of 45 career starts and holds a mark of 1:47.2. Shamballa will look to defend his home track for trainer Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the U.S. Pacing Championship earlier this month at The Meadowlands in a career-best 1:47.1. A local fan-favourite for his outstanding closing speed, Shamballa is a three-time winner this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 starts. The Zeron trainee finished second in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. State Treasurer has recently found his best stride of the season after dealing with an injury. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was scratched from an August 6th start after he stepped on a nail, but has since returned and won two consecutive outings, including a 1:48.3 effort last Saturday at Mohawk. A winner of over $2 million, State Treasurer will be competing in his third consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The 2016 'Pacing Derby' field also includes double millionaire All Bets Off, last year's Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner, Molson Pace winner Evenin Of Pleasure, WEG Preferred standouts Nickle Bag and Nirvana Seelster and 2015 Empire Breeders champion Rockin In Heaven. The post position draw for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place Saturday evening. The Metro Pace appears wide open heading into this Saturday's three eliminations. The top three-finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $661,000 final. The first division features Ben Baillargeon trainee Rock This Way (PP4, Mario Baillargeon), who pulled off a 65-1 upset in a division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday. The son of 2005 Metro Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in a national season's best 1:51.3. Calvin K (PP5, Jody Jamieson) has the highest earnings of the 25 rookies in this year's Metro Pace, with $114,220 earned through seven career starts. The Ontario Sires Stakes standout was second in his Nassagaweya division for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The second elimination features Macs Jackpot (PP7, Sylvain Filion), who won the other Nassagaweya division last Saturday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere recently joined the O'Sullivan barn after racing south of the border for Jim Campbell. The third foal out of $1.3 million winner Michelles Power, Macs Jackpot has won three of six starts for just under $80,000 in earnings. The final elimination has several intriguing competitors; including Southwind General (PP7, Jody Jamieson), who is jumping from the OSS Grassroots to Grand Circuit competition in just his second start. The Jack Darling trained son of Sportswriter was a $110,000 yearling purchase and won his debut by more than eight-lengths. Bettors Dream (PP8, Tim Tetrick) will also compete in the final elimination. The son of Bettors Delight won the Dream Maker Series final in convincing fashion, but suffered his first loss last Saturday in the Nassagaweya. The Scott McEneny trainee finished second after a front-end battle through an opening-half of :53.4. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 3,4,8. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes will have two eliminations with the top-five finishers from each split advancing to the $427,000 final. Candlelight Dinner (PP6, David Miller) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the undefeated pacing filly will star in the first elimination. The Casie Coleman trained daughter of American Ideal has won four in a row to begin her career, including victories in the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar. Candlelight Dinner was a $110,000 yearling purchase. The second elimination will see the Mohawk debut of Somebeachsomewhere filly Idyllic Beach (PP8, Yannick Gingras). The first foal out of $1.3 million winner Idyllic, Idyllic Beach has won three of four starts to begin her career. The Takter trainee has made each of her four starts in Pennsylvania. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 2 and 6. The post positions for the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady finals will be drawn following the eliminations on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Metro Pace Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Bettors Western - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Rob Fellows 2. Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 3. The Wall - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Rock This Way - Rocknroll Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 8. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore   Metro Pace Elimination #2 (Race 4) 1. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Manceiver - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr. 4. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 5. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Abbeydorney - Rock N Roll Heaven - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 7. Macs Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 8. All It Takes - Mach Three - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 9. Beach House - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Rich Gillock   Metro Pace Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Deadly Action - Art Major - Randy Waples - Colin Johnson 2. Tuxedo Bay - Somebeachsomewhere - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 3. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 5. R J P - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Erv Miller 6. Some Attitude - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Bob McIntosh 7. Southwind General - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling 8. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 2. World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano 3. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 4. Manhattan Play - Shadow Play - Mike Saftic - Nicky Comegna 5. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 7. Vintage Book - Vintage Master - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy 3. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 4. Fade - Shadow Play - David Miller - Casie Coleman 5. Bid Writer - Sportswriter - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 6. Out Of Sight - Mach Three - Jody Jamieson - Bob McIntosh 7. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna 8. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter   Canadian Pacing Derby (Field listed in alphabetical order) All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit   Mark McKelvie

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

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