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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - It was a night that most harness racing drivers could only dream of and a night that will live forever in the history book. Randy Waples is still buzzing from his impressive performance last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and can you blame him? The veteran reinsman swept the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes to become the first driver to capture all three-events in the same year. He also added two other victories on the card to drive the winners of over $900,000 on the evening. Waples performance not only had those at Mohawk talking, but also the whole country. The name "Randy Waples" was trending across Canada on Twitter, which is believed to be the first time a driver has ever trended on the Social Media platform. Heading into Saturday's mega-card Waples was loaded with talent. He was set with the undefeated Control The Moment in the Metro, the red-hot L A Delight in the Shes A Great Lady and he picked up the huge catch drive on State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The only thing left was for everyone to perform. "I knew I had a lot of power and they all had good post positions, but they got to show up and that's what was making me nervous," said Waples, outside the paddock Tuesday night at Mohawk. "I just thought that sooner or later one of them wouldn't show up. "I didn't know much about State Treasurer because it had been so long since I drove him, but the other two they had been showing up every week and I was just praying to god they showed up again and they did." Waples went into the big three stakes with two victories earlier on the card, including a dead-heat win in the evening's opening contest. Waples said the strong start to the night built confidence going forward. "If you start to stink it out right away then you're thinking to yourself 'Uh oh it's going to be one of those nights', but everything just raced really well and the ones that I was counting on they raced even better." Control The Moment, L A Delight and State Treasurer were all clear favourites in their respective events. Driving the favourite in any major race is stressful, but to drive three is another story. Waples directed the credit to the conditioners Brad Maxwell, Dr. Ian Moore and Bob McIntosh for giving him well prepared horses that made his job easier. "Everything lined up perfectly, just the way the three trainers in the three stake races just had their horses so good," Waples said. "I know I keep going back to that, but it's the truth. "They just had them unbelievably good and it was just a matter of trying to keep them in a right position, but you had so much power you could keep them in that right position and control things. It was just amazing." State Treasurer's win gave Waples his second Canadian Pacing Derby title, but his Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady scores were his first victories in those high profile races. A three-time Driver of the Year in Canada, Waples is having another great season and currently sits third in wins on the WEG circuit, but finding success on one of the sport's biggest stages is what it's all about. "It really picks you up and that's what you're here for," said Waples. "It's nice to win overnights and it's nice to win Gold finals and everything like that because it's good money, but those races they are tough to win." Capturing the Metro Pace puts the winner on a who's who list of past champions and that meant a lot to Waples. "A guy like (Steve) Condren, a great driver, still looking for his first one. I'm certainly not in his caliber, but I was looking for my first one," he said. "You look down that page and I'll tell you there is not a whole lot of guys that have won that race. "The Shes A Great Lady was another one that I had never won, so it's nice to win the ones that you've never won before." The racing season is filled with ups and downs and currently Waples is riding the momentum wave and enjoying it. "When I left Woodbine I was pretty beat up there. There was a lot of average bunch of horses, but this meet has just been fantastic," he said When told he was trending on Twitter Saturday night, Waples laughed and said he had to ask his daughter to find out what that meant. Saturday night was a night that Waples will never forget and realistically will be tough to match, but he won't have to wait long to reunite with his powerful two-year-olds. Control The Moment and L A Delight will both compete in the Champlain Stakes this Saturday at Mohawk. Both rookies will be looking to extend their win streaks. Loaded with star power, Waples is the hottest driver in racing right now and he's enjoying every minute of it. "There just a really nice bunch of horses, so to get up behind them it's a thrill." Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - It was a big night for harness racing driver Randy Waples. The veteran driver, who turned 50 in July, swept all three of the Standardbred racing's classic races, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady, offered Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. From the undefeated Control the Moment in the Metro, to the veteran State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby to the dominant L A Delight in the two-year-old filly race, it was a memorable evening for Waples. "I was talking to Brett Miller as we are pulling up there (after the Shes A Great Lady) and like I said to Brett, these are the days or the nights that you dreamed about when you were a kid jogging horses on the farm," said Waples. "I like to say I am one of those guys who don't feel pressure that I don't get nervous but I've be lying. "But the thing is that I find is once I get on the track then I don't think about it. But when you are driving to Tim Hortons or drinking your coffee, you're listening to the radio, yeah, it creeps into your mind. You just don't want to cost people money and make the wrong moves. Tonight it just really worked out. I had three really great horses to drive, and they all showed up." Here are the recaps of Waples big night. Control The Moment, driven by Randy Waples, remains undefeated in his rookie campaign after capturing the $685,000 Metro Pace for two-year-olds on Saturday night at Mohawk. The heavily favoured Control The Moment notched his seventh straight victory for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Control The Moment got away mid-pack as Voracity and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the early pace by posting a :26 opening panel. Sitting fourth, Betting Line and driver Steve Condren was first to make a move and launch a bid for command. Waples and his charge had the same attack plan and went three-wide around Betting Line to take the lead and post the half in :54.2. Longshot Ideal Rockey put some first-up pressure on Control The Moment in the final turn but as the leader marched passed the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he pulled away from the field. Control The Moment was under wraps in deep stretch. The brown colt breezed by the wire with a two and a quarter length margin of victory and stopped the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Betting Line finished second and Voracity was third. With the win, Waples captured his first Metro Pace trophy. "It is definitely a race that seems to avoid me," said the reinsman. "I thought I had a real good shot with Arthur Blue Chip [in 2013]. He won his elimination and then got sick going into the final and he had to be scratched. So that as a big let down. It seems like it was just a race that I just can't seem to get there first, but I had a good idea there a few weeks ago, a month ago, that I was going to be sitting pretty good." Co-owner Howard Taylor is thrilled with how much Control The Moment has accomplished in such a short time. "It's been absolutely incredible," said co-owner Howard Taylor. "It's been special. When he started racing and won his qualifier, Brad called me up and said, 'Watch that qualifier you can get it online.' He said, 'That was some kind of qualifier.' And it was a qualifier. He was the only two-year-old in the race. Then when he won after his second start he said, 'This is a special colt, I am telling you.' He's the best horse he ever trained, he said." The son of Well Said and Lifesliltreasure boosts his lifetime earnings to $440,687. Control The Moment paid $3.10 to win. Control The Moment State Treasurer added to his dream season Saturday night with a 1:47.4 victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Randy Waples, State Treasurer showed his grit and determination to secure the lead at the half and pulled away through wicked fractions to win the historic $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. A six-year-old son of Real Desire and Dr. Ian Moore trainee, State Treasurer got away fifth, but was quick to move to the outside and pushed towards the lead. JK Endofanera and Foiled Again waged war on the front-end and Waples opted to move three-wide to circle the lead pair at the half in :53.1. State Treasurer continued to power forward around the final turn and reached the three-quarter pole in a Track Record equaling time of 1:19.3. The Moore trainee put on a display for the crowd at Mohawk, as he paced home in :28.1 to score a 2 ½ length victory. Saturday night was the first time since September 2013 that Waples drove the star pacer, as David Miller, State Treasurer's regular driver, opted to race elsewhere. "It's a really deep field of horses and they are all fast and they are all tough at this level," said Waples, following the race. "When you go into these races you have to respect everyone else and that's what I always do and to see how it was going to play out. "It's been a long time since I drove him, but I know when you ask him to pace he can go very fast and very quick, so when I seen the way it was setting up at the half I took a shot and it worked out for me." Shamballa used his impressive closing-speed to come from last to finish second. Limelight Beach finished third, while JK Endofanera held on for fourth to round out the Superfecta. Just a $6,500 purchase as a yearling, State Treasurer is in the midst of a career best season with over $880,000 earned in 2015. "You certainly have to give a lot of credit to Randy," said Dr. Moore. "He said 'What do I need to know Doc, it's been a while' and I said use your discretion is all I said, he's been appreciating an aggressive drive lately and the horse was fantastic for sure." Owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, State Treasurer now has 29 career victories and increased his earnings to over $1.8 million. State Treasurer paid $5.40, $3.40, $3.20 and combined with Shamballa ($4.50, $3.60) for an Exactor of $21.90. Limelight Beach ($13.50) rounded out the top-three for a Triactor of $536.20. The 2-5-7-3 Superfecta with JK Endofanera in the fourth-slot paid $1,367.20. State Treasurer After capturing the Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby earlier on the Mohawk's action-packed Saturday card, driver Randy Waples then scored the stakes hat trick with his victory in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady. The Bob McIntosh-trained L A Delight not only scored her eighth straight victory in nine outings, the two-year-old pacing miss also helped Waples becomes the first driver to win all three major stakes in the same year. L A Delight followed behind Thatsoveryverynice, who clocked the opening panel in :27.3, before taking command at the mid-way point and posting a :54.3 half. The 3-5 favourite held the lead passed the three-quarter pole in 1:23 and then marched her way across the wire in a lifetime mark of 1:51.2. L A Delight posting the two and three-quarter lengths victory over Darlinonthebeach. Thatsoveryverynice finished third. "I knew she had the pedigree to be a good filly," said McIntosh from the winner's circle. "When she came in she was an ordinary looking filly and training down she was one of those ones that was just very workman-like about her job but did nothing to stand out. I thought I had a couple of fillies better than her even, but they're back in the barn. But come time to race she just kicked it in and was a total professional." The homebred daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A boosts her lifetime earnings to $406,145 for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. L A Delight returned $3.30 to win. L A Delight Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace headline a $2.4 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 'Pacing Derby', Canada's oldest harness race, and the Metro Pace, the richest race for two-year-olds, will both be contested for a purse of $685,000. Joining the two signature events on the card is the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes, the $229,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the $223,193 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET features a field of ten with over $18.6 million in combined earnings. Foiled Again, the 2012 Derby winner and richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making his fifth start in Canada's oldest harness race. The Ron Burke trainee, who finished fourth in his elimination, will start from post position nine and look to add to his earnings of $7.1 million. Canadian owned and trained, State Treasurer enters the 'Pacing Derby' as the hottest older pacer in harness racing. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his elimination last Saturday to extend his current win streak to three. State Treasurer will start from post-two with driver Randy Waples and seeks a 'Pacing Derby' title to go with his victories this season in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup and U.S. Pacing Championship. JK Endofanera, the other elimination winner, will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup winner to also win the 'Pacing Derby' since Gallo Blue Chip accomplished the feat in 2001. Brett Miller drives the Jimmy Takter trainee, who won last year's edition of Canada's richest harness race and has returned to win four of nine starts in his four-year-old season. JK Endofanera will leave from post-three in Saturday's classic. The Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race Eight and will go postward at approximately 9:43 p.m. The Metro Pace is the richest contest in the sport for two-year-olds and has served as a stepping stone to greatness for many greats over the years. Control The Moment enters the Metro final as the lone undefeated horse in the field. The son of Well Said won his elimination easily in 1:52.1 to improve to six for six on the season. The Brad Maxwell trainee will start from post position four with Waples in the sulky. Betting Line will look to give trainer Casie Coleman her second Metro title from post two Saturday. The son of Bettor's Delight won his elimination in 1:52.2 for his fourth victory in six starts. Betting Line has two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories on his resume this season. Steve Condren will handle the driving duties. Voracity, also an Ontario Sires Stakes star, won his elimination last Saturday in 1:54.3 to earn the right to select post three in the Metro final. The Tony Alagna trainee has a near perfect record with four wins in five starts. The son of Sportswriter's only loss was by a nose and he also has two Gold victories on the season. Alagna will also send out Racing Hill from post five and American Passport from post ten, as he seeks his third career Metro victory. The Metro Pace has been scheduled as Race Seven and the rookies will line up behind the gate at approximately 9:17 p.m. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will feature a showdown between two red-hot fillies. Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight captured their respective eliminations last Saturday and have both dominated Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of Vintage Master, is trained by Alagna and won her elimination in 1:54.2 for her fourth win in five starts. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is trained by Bob McIntosh. The rookie won her elimination in 1:54.2 and will ride a seven-race win streak into Saturday's final. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes is carded as Race Ten and post time is approximately 10:27 p.m. Also on the rich program Saturday is two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and single rich division of the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. A group of 15 sophomore trotters have been split into two Simcoe divisions (Races Two and Nine), while a field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $223,193. The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will air live on TSN1 Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 13-race card will feature a special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans to register for their "First Bet on Us" will receive a special commemorative Canadian Pacing Derby T-Shirt. Mark McKelvie

Ever since the beginning, Alan Katz and his brothers have enjoyed watching JK Endofanera. "He's been a pleasure from Day One," said Katz, who owns the 4-year-old male pacer with brothers Ron and Steve under the 3 Brothers Stables moniker. "He hasn't put in too many bad races. He's just a good horse. He came back good this year and he's getting better as the year goes on, which is a good thing." JK Endofanera will be looking for his third consecutive win when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, he won his CPD elimination by 1-3/4 lengths over favorite Shamballa in 1:50.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Two weeks prior to the elim, the Jimmy Takter-trained JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller stormed home with a :26.2 final quarter-mile to capture the Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park. "He's been racing super," Katz said. "Hopefully all systems are go. Jimmy has done a good job with the horse, a real good job. We're hopeful he'll get a good chunk of the purse on Saturday night." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Endofanera, a homebred son of Art Major-Presidential Lady, has won 18 of 36 career starts and finished worse than third only six times. His victories include the Governor's Cup at age 2 and North America Cup, at Mohawk, and American-National Stakes at 3, helping him to earnings of $1.72 million. He has won three of four career races at Mohawk. State Treasurer also will be trying to extend a win streak in the Canadian Pacing Derby final. The 6-year-old Ian Moore-trainee has won three consecutive races, including his CPD elimination by a neck over All Bets Off in 1:50.1, and seven of 13 overall starts this season. For his career, State Treasurer has won 28 of 84 races and $1.44 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. All Bets Off won this year's Confederation Cup and Prix d'Ete. The Canadian Pacing Derby field also includes previous champion Foiled Again, who won the event in 2012, as well as Dan Patch Award-winner McWicked, who was voted the sport's top 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. Limelight Beach won last year's Little Brown Jug and is less than $40,000 from $1 million in career purses. "It's an interesting race," Katz said. "That's why they race them, there are no locks. You've got to be at the top of your game every week against this caliber. You need some racing luck, a lot can go wrong. They're not machines. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The Katz brothers also will be hoping for the best for JK Fannie, who is in Saturday's She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. JK Fannie, who is winless in six races this year, will start from post nine with Matt Kakaley listed to drive for trainer Nancy Johansson. JK Fannie, a homebred daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-JK Soundofmusic, lost nearly two months of training because of illness during the winter, so she could improve as the season goes on. She has two second-place finishes and one third-place finish among her most recent four starts. "She's a nice filly," Katz said. "She was really sick in December, but made a miraculous recovery. We're surprised she came so quickly. We're really looking forward to her later races (this year). She's staked to everything. She's a big, strong filly. "We hope she does well. She'll need a good trip just to get a piece of it (Saturday). She's in tough. If she gets a check we'll be happy. But it's exciting to have two horses in the big races. That's why you're in the business." Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby with listed drivers and trainers: 1. McWicked, Jody Jamieson, Casie Coleman 2. State Treasurer, Randy Waples, Ian Moore 3. JK Endofanera, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 5. Shamballa, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron 6. Nirvana Seelster, Doug McNair, William Budd 7. Limelight Beach, John Campbell, Ron Burke 8. Captive Audience, TBA, Colin Johnson 9. Foiled Again, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke 10. Piston Broke, Sylvain Filion, Rob Fellows by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. “This is an enhancement of the ORC’s existing protocol for Official Veterinarian examination prior to standardbred racing,” said Dr. Bruce Duncan, Supervisor Commission Standardbred Veterinarians. “The health and welfare of the race horse and the safety of the participants are of paramount concern to the ORC and we believe the racing community supports these efforts.” He pointed out the ORC consulted with racetrack management, its own racing officials, as well as representatives of COSA. Trainers with entries in the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby are requested to make their horses available for this hands-on pre-race veterinary examination a minimum of one hour before their horse’s post time. Lasix horses are required to be at the track four hours before post time, and will be examined within that timeframe. “We also ask that trainers not have any bandages or topical poultices, or liniments on the horse,” said Duncan. Applying this enhancement to other events is under active consideration. Further information will be made available when finalized. For more information: Dr Bruce Duncan Dr. Adam Chambers 416 213-0520 Rob McKinney Deputy Director      

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Harness racings top older pacers and rising stars were on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. A solid group of 18 older pacers were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The top-five finishers from each nine-horse elimination earned a spot in next week's $685,000 final. In the first elimination, State Treasurer continued his hot streak with a narrow 1:50.1 victory. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite and got away fourth in the early stages for driver David Miller. Ellis Park made a second-quarter move to the front and took the field by the half in :54.4. Around the final turn, Miller sent State Treasurer first up and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee got on even ground with Ellis Park at the third station in 1:23. State Treasurer grabbed sole position of the lead in the stretch, but had to dig in deep to get the victory, as All Bets Off made a late charge to finish second by a neck. "It was a pretty good pace and I was able to sit in passed the half there and when I moved him I just let him come easy there," said Miller, following the race. "Head of the lane I asked him and he finished it off." Captive Audience shot up the rail to finish third, while Piston Broke and Mcwicked rounded out the top-five. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer now has three consecutive victories and seven from 13 starts in 2015. Saturday's 28th career victory increased his earnings to just under $1.5 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $2.70 to win. State Treasurer Returning to the site of his 2014 Pepsi North America Cup victory for the first time, JK Endofanera took the second elimination in 1:50.1. Driven by Brett Miller, JK Endofanera left from post seven and was parked around the first turn before clearing to the front as he entered the backstretch. Shamballa, the 6/5 favourite, got away fourth and made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted a half-mile clocking of :54.1 to take the field into the final turn. Mach It So challenged first up at Shamballa in the third-quarter, as JK Endofanera followed closely in the pocket. The three-quarter time was 1:22, as Shamballa carried the lead into the lane. In the stretch, Shamballa tried to pace away from his rivals, but JK Endofanera moved to the outside and was able to track down the favourite and score a 1¾ length victory. "I wanted to kind of get away up close," said Miller, following the race. "I still feel this horse is better off the pace and off a helmet, but being an elimination race I didn't want to get eliminated, so I wanted to kind of be up close." JK Endofanera now has three wins in four career starts at Mohawk and Miller noted the long stretch favours the Jimmy Takter trainee. "He's a great big horse and the long stretch is definitely to his advantage." Nirvana Seelster shot through late for third, while Foiled Again and Limelight Beach from the Ron Burke barn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. JK Endofanera now has four wins from nine starts this season for owners 3 Brothers Stable. The son of Art Major has three victories to his credit since joining the Takter barn six starts ago. Saturday's victory was the 18th of JK Endofanera's career and increases his earnings to just shy of $1.8 million. He paid $6.70 to win. JK Endofanera will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup champion since Gallo Blue Chip in 2001 to also win the Canadian Pacing Derby. JK Endofanera The Metro Pace has served as launching ground to stardom for many pacers over the years and 21 two-year-old pacers contested three $40,000 eliminations for the 2015 edition. Tony Alagna trainees finished one-two in the first elimination with Voracity getting up the final strides to defeat American Passport in 1:54.3. Several horses fired out at the start with American Passport getting the front and posting an opening-panel of :26. Cruise Patrol, who was parked around the first turn, cleared to the lead in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.4. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, was taken to the back by Waples and picked up cover in the middle-half. American Passport edged out of the pocket nearing the third station, as Voracity was sent three-wide and sat 2½ lengths off the lead turning for home. In the stretch, American Passport took the lead and was quickly confronted by Voracity. The Alagna trainees slugged it out down the lane and American Passport held the narrow advantage late, but Voracity edged by his stablemate in the final steps to win by a nose. Nvestment Bluechip finished third, while Cruise Patrol was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity now has four wins from five starts to begin his career. Although the rookie has been doing most of the work on the front end, Alagna noted that Waples said taking to the back was by design. "(Randy) said everybody looked like that wanted to go out of there a hundred, so I just took him back and I know he's so good off a helmet as well, so I wasn't concerned about it," said Alagna. "That's a big mile tonight, the track is pretty tiring especially for these young horses and I think you will see them all fire right back next week." Voracity increased his earnings to $172,000 with the victory for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing LLC., and John Fodera. The Alagna trainee paid $3.40 to win. Voracity Control The Moment remained undefeated with an eye-catching 1:52.1 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Waples, Control The Moment left from post six and the 1/5 favourite was able to take a seat in third around the first turn. As the field paced by the three-eighths, Waples gave the Brad Maxwell trainee his cue to brush to the front and he posted a half of :55.4. After pacing a third-quarter of :29, Control The Moment left his rivals far behind and paced home comfortably in :27.2 to score a 3 ½ length victory. "He felt the same as he always does, he just feels like he's a really unbelievably nice horse," said Waples, post-race. "There's more in there that I haven't found yet, like he can do things there that make me in awe." Ideal Rocky split rivals late to finish second, while Racing Hill made a charge on the outside to edge by Manhattan Beach for third. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment, who was a $47,000 yearling purchase last fall in Lexington, is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The Maxwell trainee is now six for six to start his career and has $98,187 in earnings. Control The Moment paid $2.60 to win. Control The Moment Betting Line bounced back from a break in his most recent start to win the third and final elimination in 1:52.2. The Casie Coleman trainee left from post three with driver Steve Condren and got away in third. In the second-quarter, Condren sent Betting Line, the even-money favourite, to the front to overtake the lead from The Catamount Kid at the half in :56. After pacing by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Betting Line kicked clear from his rivals by a pair of lengths in mid-stretch and cruised home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. The Catamount Kid finished second, while Pretty Boy Hill was third. Following the race, Coleman said she was happy to see Betting Line back on track after his break at Rideau Carleton. "I really don't know what that Ottawa start was all about, it's uncharacteristic for him to make a break," said Coleman. "We did a little bit of tinkering. I brought his hopples in a half an inch and we changed his bridle." A son of Bettor's Delight, Betting Line now has four wins from six starts and earnings of $117,000 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Betting Line was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The Coleman trainee paid $4 to win. Cruise Patrol, the fourth-place finisher from the first elimination, drew into the final to complete the field of ten for next week's championship. Betting Line The finals for both the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace were drawn Saturday night. Elimination winners earned the right to select their posts for the final. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET and the $685,000 Metro Pace will take place next Saturday (September 5). Post time is 7:05 p.m. $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final PP/Horse 1. Mcwicked 2. State Treasurer 3. JK Endofanera 4. All Bets Off 5. Shamballa 6. Nirvana Seelster 7. LimelightBeach 8. Captive Audience 9. Foiled Again 10. Piston Broke AE: Clear Vision $685,000 Metro Pace Final PP/Horse 1. The Catamount Kid 2. Betting Line 3. Voracity 4. Control The Moment 5. Racing Hill 6. Nvestment Bluechip 7. Pretty Boy Hill 8. Ideal Rocky 9. Cruise Patrol 10. American Passport AE: Manhattan Beach Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 27 - The virtue of consistency is not easily attained in the world of harness racing. Week by week, horses are put to the test seeking to improve upon their previous efforts. Like any professional athlete, horses thrive when they get into a rhythm. This, too, is no simple task. Communication between the front and back of the sulky is pivotal. When talent, communication, and tempo all mesh together, they generate a consistency that can seem nearly invincible. This has been the case of veteran horseman Rick Zeron and his Mohawk Racetrack-based five-year-old pacing standout, Shamballa. Since the duo first teamed up in June of 2014, they have made it to the winners' circle an eye-opening 15 times in 23 starts. With Zeron accounting for 12 of the bay's lifetime wins, it's needless to say that the two have settled into quite a groove. It is accurate to describe Shamballa as a late bloomer, falling under the cliche of "humble beginnings." He made his career debut in May of 2013, breaking his maiden after two tries at the Pennsylvania-based Pocono Downs. Following that first career score, the five-year-old gelding found mild success in the northeast U.S. circuit, making the majority of his starts at Pocono with a few trips to Harrah's Philadelphia. His three-year-old campaign wrapped up after totaling four wins in 11 starts. It was five races into his four-year-old season when Shamballa was introduced to trainer/driver Zeron. Shipping north to Mohawk for the first time, the son of Somebeachsomewhere placed third in his Canadian debut. The newly acquainted Zeron returned Shamballa to the track two weeks later, guiding the explosive pacer to a dominating five-length win in a career best 1.49:2. A start on July 14was a game changer. The two kicked off what would be a four-race winning streak that lasted through the month. Making his way up through the ranks, Shamballa has been racing at the Preferred level since last October. Since then, he has been simply dominant. The bay has won seven of 13 Preferred races, posting sub-1:50 final times in the majority of those starts. What makes this star a fan favourite is his racing style. He is the epitome of a closer and has even been referred to as the Zenyatta of harness racing. This gelding saves his energy for a last minute surge. More times than not, racing fans will see him trailing the field, making it seem nearly impossible to get up in time at the wire. Time and time again, the betting public holds its breath as the heavily favoured closer decides when it's time to go. To no surprise, his timing is usually precise, nearly perfect, and nail biting to those in attendance. His speed down the stretch is exceptional, as he has continuously posted final quarter fractions of under 26 seconds throughout the summer. It is evident that this exciting pacer has found his rhythm. This weekend, Shamballa is taking his talents to the next level. Making his career stakes debut, the five-year-old pacer is aiming towards a bid in the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on September 5. He has drawn the rail in Saturday's 2nd elimination (Race 7). With no stakes starts to his name, the gelding has already racked up 20 career victories, with earnings in excess of $260,000. Zeron will once again take the reins, as he attempts to become the first trainer to drive his own horse to a Canadian Pacing Derby win since Pat Lachance in 2004 with Casimir Camotion. "He's coming into the race really well," said Zeron, "I'm quite happy with the week he had off and he's coming in to the race just as good as I think he's going to be. I'm looking forward to letting Shamballa get a chance to race with the best horses in North America. He's a real nice horse and has worked quite well with the program that I have set up for him. Fans will get to see a lot of Shamballa on Saturday night." A son of legendary pacer Somebeachsomewhere, out of a stakes winning mare, Bolero Takara, Zeron shares ownership of Shamballa with Tao Racing LLC of Pompano Beach, Florida. Here is the field for Canadian Pacing Derby 2nd elimination PP. Horse - Driver -Trainer 1. Shamballa - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Mach It So - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 4. Melmerby Beach - Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell 5. Foiled Again - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 6. Nirvana Seelster - Doug McNair - Bill Budd 7. JK Endofanera - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 8. Limelight Beach - John Campbell - Ron Burke 9. Clear Vision - Andrew McCarthy - Ron Burke Tim Lawson for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The present and future of harness racing's pacing ranks will be on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. An All-Star group of 18 older pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted 23 rookies separated into three $40,000 eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies will contest a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest harness race and annually serves as one of the premier events in the sport. This year's 'Pacing Derby' once again has attracted the finest older pacers in the sport. The first elimination Saturday is highlighted by the red-hot State Treasurer (PP4, David Miller). The Dr. Ian Moore trainee enters his Derby elimination off back-to-back victories in the U.S. Pacing Championship and the Roll With Joe Stakes. State Treasurer has won six of 12 starts this season and earned over $500,000 to bring his career bankroll to north of $1.4 million. The Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (PP7, Matt Kakaley) also enters the first elimination with plenty of confidence. The four-year-old pacer captured the Prix D'Ete last Sunday in Quebec and has hit the board in four of his last five starts. All Bets Off has banked over $400,000 this season to bring his career total to over $1.5 million. The second elimination features the richest Standardbred of all-time Foiled Again (PP5, Yannick Gingras). A winner of over $7.1 million, Foiled Again won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and a top-five finish in this Saturday's elimination will secure the 11-year-old his fifth appearance in the 'Pacing Derby' final. The Burke trainee finished second in last year's Derby and has finished no worse than third in his four Derby appearances. The second split will also feature the hottest horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit Shamballa (PP1, Rick Zeron). The Rick Zeron trainee has been dominating the Preferred level at Mohawk and enters his elimination on a five-race win streak. Known for his wicked closing speed, Shamballa will be making his first career Grand Circuit start. The five-year-old gelding has eight wins in 11 starts this season for $138,000 in earnings. Another notable in the second elimination is four-year-old JK Endofanera (PP7, Brett Miller), who will be making his first start at Mohawk since capturing the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on Saturday, September 5. The eliminations have been carded as races five and seven on Saturday. The Metro Pace has annually been the top race for two-year-old pacers and has severed as a launching pad to impressive careers for many greats. The first elimination Saturday will feature Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP5, Randy Waples). The son of Sportswriter is fresh off a victory in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and has three wins from four starts this season. Voracity is trained by Tony Alagna, who captured last year's Metro Pace with Artspeak. Alagna also sends out American Passport (PP6, Scott Zeron) in the first elimination and three other rookies (Highlandbeachycove, Racing Hill, Mindtrip) in the final two eliminations. The undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP6, Randy Waples) highlights the second elimination. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment captured his Nassagaweya split last Saturday with ease to improve to five for five. The Brad Maxwell trainee is the only undefeated rookie of the 23 entered in this year's Metro eliminations. The third and final Metro elimination will feature a field of seven rookies. The Catamount Kid (PP6, Jody Jamieson) will look to carry the momentum from his victory in last Saturday's Nassagaweya into his preliminary. The son of Well Said comes into the Metro on a two-race win streak for trainer Carl Jamieson. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line (PP3, Tim Tetrick), a two-time OSS Gold series winner, will look to rebound from a break in his most recent start in the final elimination. The son of Sportswriter has won three of five starts to begin his career. The top-three finishers from each elimination and a fourth-place finisher drawn by a lot will advance to the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 5. Two-year-old pacing fillies will also share the spotlight Saturday in a pair of eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. Thatsoveryverynice (PP5, Jody Jamieson), an Eternal Camnation division winner, will highlight the first elimination. The daughter of Vintage Master has won three of four starts for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna. The second split features Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP2, Randy Waples). The daughter of Bettor's Delight won her division of the Eternal Camnation Saturday to extend her current win streak to six starts in a row. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final on Saturday, September 5. The winners of each elimination Saturday will earn the right to select their post position for the final of their respective race. Post time for Saturday's star-studded 12-race card is 7:25 p.m. The full fields for all the stakes eliminations can be found below. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination 1 - Race 5 1. Ellis Park - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 2. Piston Broke - Tim Tetrick - Rob Fellows 3. Bettorever - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 4. State Treasurer - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore 5. Mcwicked - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Captive Audience - Andrew McCarthy - Colin Johnson 7. All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8. Luck Be Withyou - Luc Ouellette - Bill Cass 9. Bettors Edge - TBA - Ron Burke Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 2 - Race 7 1. Shamballa - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Mach It So - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 4. MelmerbyBeach - Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell 5. Foiled Again - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nirvana Seelster - Sylvain Filion - Bill Budd 7. JK Endofanera - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 8. LimelightBeach - TBA - Ron Burke 9. Clear Vision - Brett Miller - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 1 - Race 6 1. Bank Shot Hanover - Mark MacDonald - Daniel Renaud 2. Blayde Hanover - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 3. StonebridgeBeach - Stephane Pouliot - Stephane Larocque 4. Check Six - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Voracity - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. American Passport - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 7. Cruise Patrol - Sylvain Filion - Jimmy Takter 8. Nvestment Bluechip - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary Metro Pace - Elimination 2 - Race 8 1. Carter Beach - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Highlandbeachycove - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 3. Sossys King Kong - Doug McNair - Richard Norman 4. Ideal Rocky - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 5. Manny - Corey Callahan - Howard Okusko Jr. 6. Control The Moment - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 7. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 8. Manhattan Beach - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 3 - Race 10 1. Mindtrip - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 2. Talk Show - John Campbell - Steve Elliott 3. Betting Line - Tim Tetrick - Casie Coleman 4. Pretty Boy Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Rodeo Rock - Randy Waples - Don Swick 6. The Catamount Kid - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Real Kid - Doug McNair - Larry Ainsworth Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 1 - Race 2 1. JK Fannie - Matt Kakaley - Nancy Johansson 2. Upside Surprise - Andrew McCarthy - Tony O'Sullivan 3. Albany Girl - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 4. Thisorthat Hanover - Tim Tetrick - James Dean 5. Thatsoveryverynice - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 6. Highland Rocksolid - TBA - Marty Fine Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 2 - Race 3 1. Ivy League - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 2. L A Delight - Randy Waples - Bob McIntosh 3. Show Time Hill - Andrew McCarthy - Tony Alagna 4. Three Dreams - James MacDonald - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 5. Darlinonthebeach - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 6. Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder Mark McKelvie

Dave Drew enjoyed his biggest thrill in harness racing last year when Modern Legend won the Canadian Pacing Derby. He hopes the horse can add to his legend with another strong campaign this season. Modern Legend - the only horse Drew owns - races in Sunday's inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he will face a group that includes Levy Pacing Series champion Domethatagain and millionaires Clear Vision and Dancin Yankee. Modern Legend and driver James MacDonald will start from post eight. The race is part of a star-studded card that also features the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters - where Dan Patch Award-winners Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, Classic Martine and Market Share make up half the field - and the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. Seven-year-old Modern Legend heads to the Jerry Taylor Invitational off a second-place finish by a nose to JK Endofanera in last Saturday's opening round of the TVG Free For All Pacing Series at the Meadowlands. For the year, Modern Legend has posted two wins, a second and a third in four starts. He has won 21 of 67 career races and earned $916,192 for Drew, who also bred and trains the gelding. "I feel very good about him," said Drew, a 63-year-old from Ontario. "We'll do our best with (the post position). He's raced very well so far this year, so I'm certainly hoping for the best on Sunday in the Jerry Taylor. "Having a horse like him, it's something that's beyond anything I could have expected in racing," he added. "It's just been a real thrill to have this horse." Drew owned horses while working fulltime at General Motors in Ontario for 33 years. He began training after he retired from GM a dozen years ago. Modern Legend is a son of Modern Art out of the mare Ruby Cam. Drew and his brother, Greg, raced Ruby Cam, winning six of 11 races including the Middlesex County Pacing Series championship in 2003. Last season, Modern Legend and driver David Miller captured the $583,280 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 66-1, winning by three lengths over Foiled Again. "That's absolutely the highlight of racing for me," Drew said. "To have this horse and win the Canadian Pacing Derby was just outstanding. To be a part of this horse, he's just a fantastic animal. He did a great job. I couldn't be prouder of him." Drew is not alone. His wife Nancy and daughters Lisa and Stephanie are the horse's biggest fans. "They probably cheer the loudest of anyone when he's racing," Drew said. "They're avid fans. And they're very supportive of what I'm doing." Modern Legend, who was unraced at age 2 by design, put together an eight-race win streak bridging his 3- and 4-year-old seasons during which he swept the Autumn, Snowshoe and Cam Fella series. He was injured as the result of interference in the Cam Fella final and sidelined nine months, but returned to earn $229,469 at age 5. Last year, he banked a career-best $405,514, with five wins in 23 starts, and established his career mark of 1:47.2. He won four of his final 11 races and in the seven remaining starts lost only once by more than 1-3/4 lengths. "He closed out last year very well," Drew said. "I took it easy with him over the winter, kept him jogging and swimming. Swimming is part of his regular routine. I was hopeful coming into this year. He's probably started out at least as well as I would have expected for this season. I'm very happy with that. "He's staked somewhat comparable to last year. His next stakes engagement is the Ben Franklin at Pocono. Hopefully he'll fit in there and be ready to go for that." Following is the field for the Jerry Taylor Invitational in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Doctor Butch, John Campbell, Linda Toscano 2. Sapphire City, Mark MacDonald, Paul Blumenfeld 3. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard 4. Great Vintage, David Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 6. Dancin Yankee, Brett Miller, Josh Green 7. Clear Vision, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 8. Modern Legend, James MacDonald, David Drew Following is the field for the Betsy Ross Mare Invitational in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 2. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 3. Radar Contact, John Campbell, Noel Daley 4. Jerseylicious, David Miller, Wayne Givens 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious 6. Yagonnakissmeornot, Simon Allard, Rene Allard 7. Ooh Bad Shark, Allan Davis, William Wiggins 8. For The Ladies N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller 2. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano 5. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 6. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott 7. Classic Martine, Tim Tetrick/George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes 8. Bourbon Bay, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson by Ken Weingartne Harness Racing Communications USTA

TORONTO, January 9 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the date for the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup and the rest of its $18 million-plus Standardbred stakes schedule. The 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for the finest three-year-old pacers in North America will take place on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk. The eliminations for Canada's richest harness race will be contested a week prior on June 13. The Pepsi North America Cup, WEG's signature stakes event, was first staged in 1984 and throughout its more than 30-year history has been captured by the likes of Precious Bunny, Gallo Blue Chip, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. The race will once again feature a stellar undercard of several top stakes events. The $455,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $330,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older pacing mares, the $270,000 Goodtimes Stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters, the $265,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older trotting mares and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup for older pacers round out an impressive stakes card on Pepsi North America Cup night. Returning by popular demand, WEG will once again be offering purse money to all finishers in the Pepsi North America Cup and other major stakes finals. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% respectively, of the remaining purse. The 2015 stakes calendar is also highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown to Woodbine. The 12 championship events for each division in harness racing will take place on Saturday, October 24 and will be returning to the Toronto oval for the first time since 2012. Breeders Crown night will be the richest card of harness racing contested anywhere in 2015 with close to $6 million in purse money on the line. WEG has hosted 155 Breeders Crown races since the championships were established in 1984, more than any other host. Mohawk will once again be the battle ground for several of harness racing's most notable Grand Circuit events. The annual Labour Day weekend extravaganza featuring the $665,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $635,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and will take place on Saturday, September 5. The 'Pacing Derby' and Metro Card will also feature the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Labour Day weekend card will offer purses of over $2 million. The $685,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-old trotters will take its usual spot in mid-September on Saturday, September 19. Over the last several years, the Maple Leaf Trot had been staged in July, but will now be paired with the 'Trotting Classic' in September for an 'All-Star' trotting card. The 63rd edition of the race carries a purse of $600,000. The Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot card will also feature the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and the $385,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Once again in 2015, WEG will continue to handle administrative duties for all Standardbred Alliance track stakes events. Payments to all WEG and Alliance stakes are payable and should be mailed to the Woodbine Entertainment Group or can be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments The full 2015 Standardbred stakes events booklet is available at http://bit.ly/1zZNTSt by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications  

The retired harness racing trainer reflects on learning to communicate with horses and what it feels like drive them to victory in the sport’s biggest races. ELORA, ON — What does it feel like to drive a horse to victory in a major stakes race? Dr. John Hayes said coming from 10th at the top of the stretch to win the 1981 Meadowlands Pace with Conquered is a feeling he can only compare with finishing his first Boston Marathon. “It was totally emotionally impacting. It was so overwhelming I had trouble controlling it,” he said Wednesday, referring to the marathon he completed on his first attempt in 2007. As for that equally overwhelming Meadowlands Pace victory, Hayes said, “At the head of the stretch I was out of it. Halfway through the stretch it was evident I was going to be in the hunt for a cheque. Down near the wire, the cheque was going to be pretty good and at the wire, holy f---. “It was that first 30 seconds from the horse crossing the finish line until you get down into the turn and the horse gets pulled up; that feeling I never experienced it to that extent before in my life.” Hayes has done it all in harness racing. He’s a veterinarian that has owned, trained and driven horses all of his adult life. While he’s retired from training and his farm on the shore of Lake Ontario in Beamsville is for sale, it is still home to Canadian Pacing Derby champion Modern Legend trained by Dave Drew. Hayes has long been one of the sport’s most respected, most articulate participants. When asked to describe the sensation of driving horses, he said it doesn’t feel like you might expect. “Something you’re acutely aware of is how fast the ground is going underneath you when you’re driving a horse,” he said. “That sense is, of course, nothing you can compare to because it is being in the car without the floorboards. “Lots of times there is that addition of physiology of the horse that impacts on you. You smell the horse. There’s sweat involved. You’re getting that added sensory input that doesn’t come from another moving-over-the-ground experience.” Nearly 50 years of experience has taught Hayes to understand the language horses speak. “Although horses don’t talk, they certainly communicate. I became much better at speaking horse speak incrementally as time went on,” he said. “The language is in their response to the inputs that are from your end. In other words, you just get more comfortable in identifying the feedback and what it probably means.” As for people he admires in the game, Hayes said he’s a big fan of fellow veterinarian Dr. Ted Clarke, the general manager of Grand River Raceway in Elora. Clarke was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August. “If Ted Clarke had a greater responsibility for the direction of Canadian racing, we would be way, way down the road to optimal opportunity,” Hayes said. “He has the ability to create consensus like nobody I’ve seen. He does not make vested interest his primary objective. He makes the interest of everybody his primary objective with the assumption that vested interest will be best served.” Hayes no longer owns any horses, but he was quick to name the one that changed his life. “The horse’s name is Decked. Let’s just say it was a father-son relationship thing,” he said of the late John Hayes, Sr., who is enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. “Father was cutting back, phasing out and I was taking over the operation … Of course, I was young and wanting to expand my wings and there was no opportunity to do it with a trotter. So, we had this two-year-old who was by the first crop of Penn Hanover called Decked. His mother was an Adios mare. She was from the last crop of Adios. He was made to pace, but he loved to trot. “Father said, ‘You can hold him together in 2:20, but he’s bred to pace and he’ll switch over to the pace as soon as you chirp to him going some speed …’ The bottom line is he won his first pari-mutuel start, in London, in a sires stakes on the trot in 2:09 in October. That was the day that I somewhat gained a level of independence from my father where I was able to make a decision and he didn’t have to tell me I was full of (it).” In six years on the track, Decked earned more than $140,000 on the trot and just $4,000 on the pace. To hear our conversation with Dr. John Hayes — including what his personal heaven is like — check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - It was a fun and entertaining evening of racing at Mohawk on Saturday. Ask any fan.   The Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace card showcased many of the sport's stars and featured a 66-1 longshot winner in the Canadian Pacing Derby, while the Jackpot Hi 5 was paid out on the final race.   Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) also considers the 2014 event a stunning success, in record style.   A total of $5,006,896 was wagered on the 12-race card, the highest handle figure ever recorded for one program at the 51-year-old Campbellville track. The previous mark was $4,648,478 for the 2000 Breeders Crown card.   It was third highest handle ever recorded on the WEG Standardbred circuit, behind only 2002 Breeders Crown card ($5.4 million) and 2001 Breeders Crown program ($5.2 million), both conducted at Woodbine.   "We offered a terrific on-track event and a fantastic card, and we are extremely pleased with the record results," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing. "Customers enjoyed great music, excellent food and were entertained by the finest horses in the sport, including arguably the best two-year-olds around, Artspeak and JK Shesalady. Modern Legend added a dash of drama with his 66-1 upset in the Canadian Pacing Derby."   The Jackpot Hi 5 continues to prove to be a hit with racing fans. The wager, which offered a carryover of $647,331.71 and a mandatory payout, had a total pool of $2,522,851 after $1,875,520 was bet on Saturday evening. Each winning 20-cent ticket paid $1,347.36 after Resistance Futile romped. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order.   "The Jackpot Hi 5 certainly helped the card achieve record status, but without it, we were still up 30 per cent over last year's program," said Martin.   The next major card at Mohawk features the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. It is slated for September 13.   by John Siscos, for WEG  

With race favorites winning most of the stakes races at Mohawk Raceway Saturday night, Modern Legend was the shocker of the evening as he won the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 66-1 Saturday and paid $135.70 to win. The 1/5 betting favorite, Sweet Lou, saw his ten-race winning streak come to an abrupt halt in the race as he was on the lead coming down the stretch but faded to sixth place at the finish. The race began with Bettor’s Edge (Matt Kakaley) beating out Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) to the early lead but once they reached the opening quarter mile in :26, Gingras came right out with Foiled Again and took command. Then by the half mile in :53, Ron Pierce came charging up first-over with Sweet Lou and cleared with ease to control the pace. And just as Sweet Lou was on the lead, up came Clear Vision (Brett Miller) to challenge first-over and following their cover was the long shot Modern Legend and driver David Miller. Past the three-quarters in a blazing 1:20.1, Clear Vision was about to collar Sweet Lou as they started down the stretch and Foiled Again and Gingras were already trying to squeeze by on the inside as everyone sensed that Sweet Lou had had enough. But it was David Miller and Modern Legend who proved to be much the best as they tipped three-wide on the final turn and mowed everybody by, pulling away for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:47.2. Foiled Again was second with Clear Vision third. The time of the race tied the track, stakes and Canadian record with A Rocknroll Dance in 2013. It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win this year for Modern Legend. The six-year-old gelding by Modern Art was bred and is owned and trained by Dave Drew of Catharines, Ontario. “This is the only horse I have right now,” said Dave Drew, “I had as many as five this year but now down to just this one. This is a horse of a lifetime for me and this was a race of a lifetime. He has been racing for me on the Grand Circuit the last couple of years and always coming close and never really putting it all together. But tonight David Miller gave him a perfect drive and he was on his game. Just a super night for him. “He has always raced well but has had some outside posts earlier this season,” Drew said. “Had some tough trips, was interfered with but he has been racing well and it was just a matter of putting it all together at the right time and in the right race and he did that tonight. It was just a superb night for me and my family.” “It worked out great tonight,” said winning driver David Miller, “I know the horse Clear Vision and I figured if I can get on his back and follow him and he would take us to where we needed to be in the race. I was real surprised around the last turn as I still had a lot of horse coming to the stretch so I fanned him out and he did the rest. He raced tremendous. He beat some great horses tonight. Hats off to the horse. He’s been racing against them the past couple of years and it was great to see him get the job done.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotters highlighted the Canadian Pacing Derby undercard Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of twelve three-year-old trotters, headlined by Hambletonian winner Trixton, battled for a purse of $218,076. Making his first start since his Hambletonian victory, Trixton did not disappoint the 2/5 favourite despite starting from the second tier in post position eleven. Trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, Trixton got away seventh, but was buried along the rail as the field went by the opening quarter in :26.4. In the second quarter, Takter got Trixton off the pylons and third over behind Il Sogno Dream. However, Il Sogno Dream stopped advancing in the third quarter and Takter was forced to send Trixton three-wide as he was fifth at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1. El Titan led the field into the stretch, but Damfoolrmillionair overtook the lead and had a four length advantage on Trixton with an eighth of a mile to go. In the final eighth, Trixton would show his abilites to track down Damfoolrmillionair and trot by to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:52.2. "It's really hard to predict a race like this," said Takter about starting from post eleven. "He hadn't raced for a month and he needed this start." Damfoolrmillionair held on for second, while P L Hercules was third. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton is owned by Brixton Medical Ab and Christina Takter. The Simcoe Stakes victory was Trixton's eighth win in 10 starts this season and the 12th victory of his career. He now has career earnings of $961,876. Trixton paid $2.80 to win. Trixton A field of nine three-year-old pacing fillies contested their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $207,689. Gettingreadytoroll showed a ton of grit to capture the event after a tough first over trip. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Captain Holly, Gettingreadytoroll came first up after Precocious Beauty rolled along on the lead and set opening fractions of :26.4 and :54.3. Precocious Beauty reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.2 with Nat A Virgin in the two-hole, Gettingreadytoroll first up and Uffizi Hanover second over. In the stretch, Gettingreadytoroll powered her way to the lead and held off Beach Gal, who came from third over to finish second, and Nat A Virgin, who came up the rail to take third, to win by half a length in 1:49.4. The Simcoe Stakes start was the first start for Gettingreadytorollsince winning the Miss New Jersey Stakes at the Meadowlands on August 2. Following the race, trainer Jimmy Takter said he was a little worried his filly might be short after the long layoff. "Actually I was (worried about the layoff). It's a long gap, I qualified her myself in Pocono last week and I just gave her a little workout," said Takter. "Staying sharp is a big factor, but she's a game girl." Gettingreadytoroll is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding. The Simcoe Stakes victory was her fifth win in ten starts this season and the sixth victory of her career. The winner's share of the purse boosts Gettingreadytoroll earnings to more than $208,000. She paid $10.10 to win. The Simcoe/Champlain Grand Circuit Stakes continue next Saturday with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the Champlain Stakes for both the two-year-old filly pacers and the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Gettingreadytoroll by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - On Saturday evening's 12-race program at Mohawk, Woodbine Entertainment Group offered a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi 5. Over the past few months, a carryover has been building since there has not been just one winning ticket on a Jackpot Hi-5 wager. When there is more than one winning ticket, 50% of the pool is carried over to the next card. As of a result of the carryovers, $647,331 was carried over into Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace program. Scheduled as the last dash of the evening, the Jackpot Hi 5 attracted an additional $2,026,548, giving the pool a total of $2,673,879. The result was a payout of $6,736.80 on a $1 wager ($1,347.36 on a $.20 cent wager) after Resistance Futile found the wire first in 1:49.1 at odds of 8/5. The top five finishers are as follows: 1. Resistance Futile 2. American Gi 3. Apprentice Hanover 4. Michaels Power 5. Cobble Beach The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The wager, which offered 20-cent minimum, also had a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equaling low.​ by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Last week for the first time in five weeks we broke even. We didn’t lose money but we were on a four-weekend winning streak for making money. But this now old news and on to this great weekend of racing. It’s the “Roaring Grand Circuit” big time this weekend and it kicks off Friday night at both Vernon Downs and Mohawk Raceway with the Zweig Trot, Crawford Farms Trot plus the Champlain Stakes. And the top horses are competing to make it even better. Then on Saturday the night belongs to Mohawk with the Metro Final, Canadian Pacing Derby, She’s A Great Lady final and the Simcoe Stakes. Super weekend and don’t forget on Labor Day Monday it’s the Cane Pace and Shady Daisy at Tioga Downs. Good Luck! $150,000 Trot Harry M Zweig 3YO Fillies Vernon Downs 6th race FRIDAY – Earlier this season she would have been 1/5 in the morning line but after a tough loss in the Hambletonian Oakes, Shake It Cerry has not yet gotten back the respect she once had. Don’t out this filly out. Last year she crushed at the end of the season and looks to be back in shape. Jump all over her if she goes off at 5/2. Class will tell. Use Broadway Socks and Avalicious in exotic plays. $124,621 Trot Champlain Stake 2YO Open Mohawk Raceway 6th race FRIDAY – Draws the rail and he is on a two-race winning streak. Habitat may be pressed a little early on but he should have things his own way in here. Can sit the pocket or go to the front and not look back. Use Muscle Diamond and Gifted Way in exotic plays. $340,000 Trot Final Harry M Zweig 3YO Colts Vernon Downs 8th race FRIDAY – How on god’s earth can you not even think of going again an entry of Father Patrick and Nuncio against this field. Two of the three best colt trotters in racing and all from the Jimmy Takter Stable. I am surprised they are allowing win betting. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Martiniwithmuscle in exotic plays. $124,621 Trot Champlain Stake 2YO Open Mohawk Raceway 8th race FRIDAY – Having won three times already this season, French Laundry is the horse to beat in here. He is usually hot on the lead and usually wires the field with ease as he can do again. Use Wheels An Smokin and Don’t Rush in exotic plays. $236,000 Trot Crawford Farms Open Vernon Downs 9th race FRIDAY – Last time this world champion was well rested he came back to win with a vengeance. Sebastian K goes for his eighth victory this year and should enjoy Vernon’s oval but wouldn’t count on a world record, just a nice easy win. Remember to watch the mare, Bee A Magician, as she has yet to face Sebastian K. use Bee A Magician and Market Share in exotic plays. $207,689 Pace 3YO Fillies Simcoe Stakes Mohawk Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – This is a very well matched field of top fillies. I am taking a shot that Beach Gal can upset. She has been razor sharp winning two of last three starts including lifetime mark of 1:49.3 right here at Mohawk. Use Precocious Beauty and Uffizi Hanover in exotic plays. $480,000 Pace 2YO Fillies She’s A Great Lady Final Mohawk 5th race SATURDAY – After watching her last couple of starts I am convinced that unbeaten JK Shesalady is the top two-year-old filly of the year and she will prove it in here. She has the ability to get geared up and once in motion she blows by everyone else. Use Band Of Angels and Bedroomconfessions in exotic plays. $667,000 Pace 2YO Colts The Metro Final Mohawk Raceway 7th race SATURDAY – Unbeaten in five starts so far, but what impressive miles they have been for Artspeak. He can just bully his way to the front and never look back, especially in his last two starts at Mohawk. Use Go Daddy Go and Lyons Again in exotic plays. $218,076 Trot 3YO Open Simcoe Stakes Mohawk Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Since he has never been a rocket ship out of the starting gate, it really does not bother me that Trixton is starting in the second tier here in post 11. Jimmy Takter will weave his magic and once Trixton gets some clearance he will stalk down the field, take the lead and win for fun. It’s the first start back for the Hambletonian winner but he loves Mohawk Raceway. Use P L Hercules and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final Mohawk Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – It’s almost not fair anymore like with Sebastian K. Sweet Lou is pretty near perfection this season and goes for his eleventh straight win. He has mowed this opponents down left and right, week after week. When is Ron Burke gonna let Ron Piece cut loose with Sweet Lou and go for a 1:45 mile? More than likely in Lexington. Use State Treasurer and Clear Vision in exotic plays.

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