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On the Canadian Trotting Classic undercard tonight Saturday the 14th of September at Mowhak Raceway Monkey On My Wheel with Brian Sears in the bike for Casie Coleman made it lifetime win number 21 in the Milton elimination . It was the second win from just four starts for new trainer Casie Coleman. Monkey On My Wheel finished second in both her other starts. The daughter of Mach Three has now won over $1.3 million in stakes to date. The top nine finishers will join Drop The Ball, who accepted a bye, in next Saturday's $284,000 Milton Stakes Final. Here is the field for the Milton Stakes. 1. Drop The Ball 2. Greystone Ladylike 3. Krispy Apple 4. Monkey On My Wheel 5. Anndrovette 6. Shelliscape 7. Voelz Hanover 8. Swinging Beauty 9. Rocklamation 10. Bettor B Lucky.  Videos of all races are attached. 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 – After a victory and a pair of second-place finishes in his last three starts, Punxsutawney is certainly rounding into form heading into the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, Saturday at Mohawk. The talented son of Glidemaster finished second in his elimination, beaten only a neck, to Master Of Law in 1:53.4 at odds of 10-1. Prior to last week, Punxsutawney finished second in the $75,000 Zweig Memorial Consolation before winning his division of the $100,000 Colonial Trot. “He raced very well in his elimination. His first quarter was :27.3 and his final quarter was :27.3, you can’t ask for much more,” said trainer John Butenschoen. “He’s had a very good week. We left him in Canada at Ideal Training Center and he’s coming into the race as good as we can expect.” Punxsutawney will leave post two with morning line odds at 12-1 for driver Corey Callahan. Things didn’t go as planned earlier this season for Butenschoen and Punxsutawney. “He started off the year so good,” said the veteran conditioner. “He won his first two races then he started making breaks and we didn’t know why. We tried everything to figure it out and later we found out it was his front feet. He played around with him, tried different shoeing and we settled on putting glue-on aluminums on, which seems to help, along with swimming him. We then put trotting hobbles on him too. That was more psychological than anything because he was so accustomed to making breaks.” When Punxsutawney wasn’t putting his best foot forward on the racetrack, Butenschoen always had the confidence from owner Jerry Graham “Jerry had a lot faith in the horse and was very patient, which is sometimes hard to do in this game,” Butenschoen said. “He’s been in the game for many years and trained so he knows what it’s all about. We didn’t feel the pressure or be under the gun to figure this horse out, which was a blessing because he always knew this horse had what it takes.” The lightly-raced youngster will look for his biggest victory of his career in the 38th edition of the classic. The bay has a 3-2-0 record from nine starts along with $113,639 earned this season. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out and how much speed there is up front. Wheeling N Dealin raced a lot better last week and I expect him to be even better. Royalty For Life is a horse you can’t overlook as well as both elimination winners. There may not be a (1):50 (1) :51 trotter, but there are a lot of nice horses in this field. It seems like a fairly wide-open race and we don’t mind being a longshot.” Butenschoen admires the qualities of his young trotter. “He’s a good, happy horse. His attitude is great and he always tries. As a trainer, that’s one thing that you have to admire. He’s got a lot of talent with a ton of speed, so hopefully that continues to show up. Obviously we thought enough of him this season because we staked him heavily. He started off the year so well, so hopefully we can end it the same way.” Beginning from post position two is something the veteran conditioner isn’t going to argue about. “I’m not complaining,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. "That’s just fine with me. Corey (Callahan) has done a great job with this horse and they seem to be a good match together. Corey can race him anyway he wants, which gives him options.“ Both elimination winners Master Of Law and Your So Vain were allowed to pick there post positions. Master Of Law picked post two with Your So Vain beginning from post three, respectively. In his career Punxsutawney has banked $252,104 with a 5-4-0 record from 18 career starts. The $16,000 yearling purchase was bred by Audray Farm of Punxsutawney, Pa.   by Greg Gangle for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 – After finding the wire first in 1:52.4 in his elimination, Your So Vain marked himself as a top threat for this year’s edition of the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final, Saturday at Mohawk. The trotting son of Donato Hanover will look for his Third Straight win for driver Randy Waples. Trained by Brad Maxwell and owned by Paul and Glenn Van Camp (P G Van Camp Stables), Your So Vain has a record of 3-2-0 from seven starts this season along with $98,118 in earnings. Following last weeks elimination win, Paul Van Camp spoke about Your So Vain. To watch the video, click this link. by Greg Gangle for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - North America's trotting elite will congregate at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 14 and among the contestants in the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and Canadian Trotting Classic Finals are 10 Ontario-sired stars hoping to keep the trophies close to home.  After winning his elimination from Post 10, Harper Blue Chip is among the favourites in the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final. The Majestic Son colt and Milton resident Sylvain Filion will line up at Post 3 in the final and trainer Mark Steacy is expecting a world class battle. "I think he's got his work cut out for him," says the Lansdowne resident. "Father Patrick is pretty highly rated, and rightly so with the races he's won, but he did look a little vulnerable on the last turn." Favourite Father Patrick will start from Post 4 and comes into the contest on a five race win streak. Harper Blue Chip's streak only extends to two races, but Steacy feels the colt is showing steady improvement. "He broke well, trained down well. He was quiet, well mannered, smart - similar to his father. He never showed high speed, but he always did what you wanted," recalls Steacy, who trained Majestic Son to $1,993,157 in career earnings. "With each race he got better, and the speed started to come. "Sylvain Filion really likes this horse and we both hope we haven't hit the bottom of the well yet," adds the horseman. Steacy shares ownership of Harper Blue Chip with Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The partners purchased the colt out of last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $40,000. "I always go looking for Majestic Son's. I'm a true believer," says Steacy. "I really believe Majestic Son is a great sire, and I've trained quite a few of his. He didn't catch the Grand Circuit mares like Donato Hanover and the likes of that did, but I think if he had you'd see a lot more than three in these Finals." In addition to Harper Blue Chip, Majestic Son gelding P L Hercules will also compete in the William Wellwood Memorial from Post 6 and filly Serendipitious will start from Post 8 in the Peaceful Way Final.  In last week's Peaceful Way Eliminations, two of the three winners were Ontario-sired fillies. I Jasmin and Danica Hall trotted to 1:57.1 and 1:57.3 victories respectively and will line up at Posts 2 and 3 in the $374,000 final. "It tells you that we're producing quality horses, doesn't it," says trainer Doug McIntosh, who sends the  Deweycheatumnhowe daughter into Saturday's final on behalf of owner-breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY. Like Harper Blue Chip, Danica Hall captured her elimination and her Champlain Stakes division one week earlier to ride into Saturday's final on a two race win streak. And like Steacy, McIntosh knows Danica Hall is in for a tough battle in the $374,000 Final. "She's a nice filly, but that race on Saturday night is a tough race. Whoever gets a trip in there will win," says the Wheatley resident. "That two-year-old trotting filly division is very deep." Trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie of Acton will steer Danica Hall in pursuit of the biggest prize of her young career. Among the other fillies expected to be favoured in the final is Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series division leader Riveting Rose, who will start from Post 5. The Muscle Mass daughter rallied from an early break in the elimination round to finish third for driver Paul Macdonell of Guelph, trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stables of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. Rounding out the Ontario-sired hopefuls in the two-year-old finals are colt Massive Talent, who gets Post 1 in the William Wellwood Memorial, and fillies Toughs Legacy and White Becomes Her, who will start from Posts 9 and 10 in the Peaceful Way.  In the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Final Toocool Forschool carries the Ontario-sired torch from Post 5. The Kadabra colt finished fifth behind Master Of Law in the elimination round and will be looking for a return to the form that saw him post a personal best 1:53.4 at Mohawk in his June 8 Goodtimes Elimination. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer Toocool Forschool for Glenn Lalonde of Guelph and owners Roland Rocco of Lasalle, QC and Benoit Gendron of Beaconsfield, QC. The 10 Ontario-sired entries are matched only by the number of young trotters hailing from Pennsylvania. The other jurisdictions represented are New Jersey with six hopefuls, New York with three and Kentucky with one. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday, Sept. 14 program is 7:25 pm, with the William Wellwood Memorial Final slated as Race 3, the Peaceful Way Final going postward in Race 5 and the Canadian Trotting Classic rounding out the evening in Race 8. For complete entries. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

Had some tough breaks last weekend but that is racing.  Right now I stand at picking horses in 101 races with 42 winners. I went just two for seven last week and lost $6.20 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at  -$24.40 going into this weekend. There is big action all around North America this weekend with PASS Championship Finals at The Meadows on Friday and Sunday at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Then Saturday at Mohawk are three classic finals including the Canadian Trotting Classic.  So much great racing I’ve double the sections this week with 11 races to bet on between the three tracks. And don’t forget we will have a special edition next week for the Little Brown Jug and Jugette cards from Delaware, Ohio. $260,000 PASS Final 3YO Filly Trot 6th race The Meadows Friday – Classy Martine is one of three top fillies from the Chris Oakes Stable in this race. She is the class of the field with $302,000 earned this year and prepped for the final with a 1:55 qualifying win, last quarter in :27.4. That’s good enough for me! $260,000 PASS Final 3YO Filly Pace 8th race The Meadows Friday – Somwheroverarainbow was the 2012 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year and this season has five wins in ten starts with $274,000 in earnings. This won’t be a cakewalk for her but on backclass alone she should be able to win in here. $260,000 PASS Final 3YO Colt Trot 9th race The Meadows Friday – Very well matched group in this final makes it hard to pick. Despite having to start from the far outside in post 8 I am going with Spider Blue Chip. With exception of making a break in his last start he can loom over this field even from the outside and should be at pretty decent odds to boot! $260,000 PASS Final 3YO Colt Pace 10th race The Meadows Friday – You could throw a dart at the program page and come up with a winner, it’s that close a matchup. So, when in doubt I always go with the class of the field and in this case it’s Twilight Bonefire. Has $423,000 in earnings this year, been facing the best colts in the nation all season and gets a slim call in wide open race. $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2YO Trot 3rd race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – First real chalk of the weekend. Father Patrick has been sensational, nearly lost it all in mid stretch last week and still rallied late to win. Has 6 wins in just 7 starts for Jimmy Takter Stable and a record of 1:53.4. From inside post he should be much the best again in going for his sixth straight win. $374,000 Peacful Way Final 2YO Filly Trot 5th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Riveting Rosie made a costly break last week but still rebounded to finish third in her elimination division. Prior she had won four straight races. I look for her to rebound in the final despite facing a very competitive field. $686,000 Final Canadian Trotting Classic 3YO Trot 8th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Master Of Law was impressive scoring his fifth straight win last week in the CTC eliminations and it was his first time facing Grand Circuit colts, but I think last week Brian Sears was caught napping in the stretch with Royalty For Life and that is why the Hambo winner was second. I look for no nap time allowed in the final and for Royalty For Life to steamroll over the field. $260,000 PASS Final 2YO Filly Pace 9th race Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday – Gallie Bythe Beach will make the most of starting from the rail in here. She is the class of the field with $239,000 in earnings and having won five of her seven starts this year. Tyra, having won five of her six starts has yet to face Gallie Bythe Beach but I look at Gallie Bythe Beach getting the call in here mainly because of her good inside post position. $260,000 PASS Final 2YO Filly Trot  10th race Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday – It’s the clash of the young titans…..Super speed vs strength and stamina. Cooler Schooner is the world’s fastest two-year-old trotter and in her last two starts she has shown the ability to cut crazy fast fractions and still hold on to win. But she has not faced Lifetime Pursuit under these conditions. The first time they met, Lifetime Pursuit beat her with ease. Now I look for the same to happen again. Despite outside posts for both fillies, I see Cooler Schooner cutting the mile with Lifetime Pursuit getting great cover and then coming off that cover to win for fun. $260,000 PASS Final 2YO Colt Trot 11th race Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday – With six wins in his last seven starts it would be hard to pick against Exodus Hanover. He heads the field with $128,000 in earnings and most certainly knows how to win and has beaten most everyone in this field already this season. $260,000 PASS Final 2YO Colt Pace 12th race Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday – Real tough call in this close knit group. Allstar Partner is gunning for his sixth straight win and has $147,000 in earnings. Tellitlikeitis has been racing well but has trouble nailing down those wins and Limelight Beach is no slouch either with four wins in seven starts. But I like Let’s Drink On It. Draws the rail, has won $116,000 this year and is the fastest colt in this field with a mark of 1:51.1. Forget interference break in Metro Final last start as this colt will be very strong today.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 – After finishing second in his elimination, Royalty For Life will look for a rebound effort in the 38th edition of the prestigious $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final, Saturday at Mohawk. The Hambletonian champion, who was sent off as the heavy favourite in the elim, finished one and a quarter lengths behind Your So Vain, individually timed in 1:53. “He raced fine in my opinion, but he was fighting a sickness the entire week before the elimination, so I’m sure he wasn’t one hundred percent,” said Ducharme, who is stabled at Vernon Downs in New York. “We’re fortunate enough to get post six in the final, which is a relief. That’s a good spot for him.” The son of R C Royalty remains atop his division this season with $884,850 banked along with a 5-2-0 record from 10 starts for trainer George Ducharme. Royalty For Life also captured the $360,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial and his division of the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial earlier this season. The young trotter also finished second in last year’s Breeders Crown at Woodbine. Ducharme, a Norfolk, Massachusetts resident, has spent decades looking for his “once in a lifetime” horse and finally found him. “This is the best horse I’ve ever had and he’s a joy to be around. I’ve been in this game over 30 years, straight out of high school, and he’s just a dream,” said Ducharme. “He’s a once in a lifetime horse, especially for a small-time guy like me,” he continued. “It’s been a thrilling season, one I’ll never forget, and hopefully it continues.” The strapping trotter has been quickest to the lead in six of 10 starts this season, while making a break in three. “I think he’s good on the lead, Ducharme said. “When he sees a horse, he’ll swell up and fight them. He’s only been on a helmet a few times, but I think he’s at his best when he’s out on the front.” Given the arduous calendar for the nation's best sophomore trotters, Ducharme pays close attention to the daily needs of his star pupil. “They go so fast in this day and age and we go by a week-to-week basis with him to make sure he comes out of each race good,” Ducharme said. “It’s a battle each and every start, so we just try to keep him sharp and have him ready for the next battle.” Ducharme was quick to speak about the "presence" of his youngster. “He’s a big, rugged colt with lots of leg and a lot of presence,” he said. “He’s got a great attitude and comes out of his races feeling good. He’s a playful colt and good to be around. To be able to compete at this level is pretty amazing.” Looking ahead to the rich classic on Saturday, Ducharme doesn’t take his competition lightly. “It’s a very wide open race,” he said. “That horse of Frank Antonacci’s (Master Of Law) is coming into the final in great condition and I was really impressed with the way Your So Vain trotted home last week. It’s going to be a real good horse race.” Bred and owned by Alfred Ross along with Raymond Campbell and Paul Fontaine, Royalty For Life, who boasts a 1:51.3 mark, has earned $1,217,231 in his career. Brian Sears is listed to steer the 12-time winner. Royalty For Life will look to be added to the list with previous Canadian Trotting Classic champions Market Share, Muscle Hill, Donato Hanover and Deweycheatumnhowe, all of whom were Hambletonian winners as well. Completing the field are Wheeling N Dealin (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Punxsutawney (PP2, Corey Callahan), Toocool Forschool (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Pine Credit (PP7, Doug McNair), Corky (PP8, David Miller), All Laid Out (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Smilin Eli (PP10, Tim Tetrick). Post time for the Classic, which has been carded as Race 8 in the 12-race program, is 9:45 p.m.  A stacked undercard includes the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot for two-year-old colts/geldings and the $374,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old filly trotters. Post time for the first race is 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle WEG Communications - Standardbred  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10…Your So Vain and Master of Law, last week’s elimination winners, and Hambletonian champion Royalty for Life head the field for the prestigious $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Classic honour role includes such recent winners as champions Market Share, Muscle Hill, Donato Hanover and Deweycheatumnhowe, all of whom were Hambletonian winners as well. Post time for the Classic, which has been carded as Race 8 in the 12-race program, is 9:45 p.m. Also on the card are the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot for two-year-old colts/geldings and the $374,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old filly trotters. Last week, Scott Zeron drove both elim winners, but has chosen Master of Law for the final. Thus, Randy Waples has picked up the drive on Your So Vain. Both winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Master of Law (PP3), trained by Frank Antonacci for owners Lindy Racing Stable of Connecticut, Brittany Farms of Kentucky and Adam Victor and Son Stable of New York, has now won six in a row, after making a break in his debut. He won his elim by a neck over Punxsutawney in 1:53.4. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic had come into his elim off an impressive eight length score in a Kentucky Sires Stakes on September 1 at Lexington, hence his 3-5 post-time favouritism. “I know how talented he is, so does Frank,” said Zeron, after the race. “But he just wanted to take his time and let him mature a little bit because he’s a little bit tough to handle in a race. “We wanted to bring him along nice and easy, so we tripped him out his first few starts, then at Lexington we let him go to the front. He’s very tough to handle but it’s his absolute endurance (that’s his best quality). He can go all day. He likes to mow them down.” Your So Vain (PP4), trained by Brad Maxwell for P G Van Camp Stables of Port Perry, pulled off a 9-2 upset in his elim, rallying from last to blow by the 2-5 favourite Royalty for Life near the wire and score by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. The son of Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover has won three of seven this year and came into his elim off a dominating performance in the Simcoe Stakes. “I’m very fortunate to pick up a very live catch drive,” said Waples. “This horse really seems to be on his game right now and coming into the race in top form. It looks like he takes a while to get involved in the race, so racing luck is going to be important. He’s got a punishing late kick, which he used in his elimination, which is also a major plus for us.” Meanwhile, Royalty for Life (PP6, Brian Sears) may still go off favoured despite failing in his elim. The son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits, trained by George Ducharme for owners Alfred Ross and Raymond Campbell of Maine and Paul Fontaine of Rhode Island, is far and away the field’s leading money winner with over $1.2 million in career earnings. Completing the field are Wheeling N Dealin (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Punxsutawney (PP2, Corey Callahan), Toocool Forschool (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Pine Credit (PP7, Doug McNair), Corky (PP8, David Miller), All Laid Out (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Smilin Eli (PP10, Tim Tetrick). The William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Race 3 on the program at 8:05 p.m., is headed by elim winners Harper Blue Chip (PP3, Sylvain Filion) and Father Patrick (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Peaceful Way, at 8:45 p.m. as Race 5, includes elim winners I Jasmin (PP2, Scott Zeron), Danica Hall (PP3, Trevor Ritchie) and Grammas Girl (PP4, Randy Waples), along with Riveting Rosie (PP5, Paul Macdonell) and Reflection Hanover (PP6, Jody Jamieson). Post time for the first race is 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle  

CAMBELLVILLE, September 9 – Earlier this season, trainer Doug McIntosh didn’t truly know the kind of quality his Peaceful Way starter, Danica Hall, possessed. But after just six starts, it’s clear to most she could be any kind. The two-year-old trotting filly by Deweycheatumnhowe-Debbie Hall has banked $108,923 this year along with a 3-0-2 record. Also, she’s a top contender for this year’s $374,000 Peaceful Way final this Saturday at Mohawk, thanks to her elimination victory in 1:57.3 for regular driver Trevor Ritchie. The star-studded card will also feature the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final and $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot. “She’s coming into the race in good shape,” McIntosh said. “I have a lot of respect for a lot of fillies in this race, there are some good one in there. One thing I’ve learned is to never underestimate your competition.” Danica Hall has made her presence felt since arriving in the McIntosh barn earlier this summer. “She went through the sale last year, but Walnut Hall bought her back for $14,000,” McIntosh said. “She was trained in Florida by Fred Grant and then he sent her up to me not long before she qualified.” McIntosh, who has trained winners approaching $10 million in earnings, recalls his first impressions of Danica Hall when she arrived at his Wheatley, Ontario farm. “When she came up and arrived off the truck, I immediately liked her,” he said. “She’s quite a striking filly to look at. She’s a good size, not overly big, and extremely well proportioned. At first glance, I really liked her.” Soon after it was time for Danica Hall to make her first charted line of her career. “When we qualified her, she did everything right,” he said. “It was kind of new to us, because she arrived off the track and qualified soon after. It was more of a new experience, because she was new to the barn and I just went by what Fred told me. “We’ve been friends for years and he had her set up perfectly,” McIntosh continued. "I barely had to make any changes to her. It was just a few small things to adapt to the tracks up here.” Throughout Danica Hall’s six starts, McIntosh has noticed a difference in his young trotter. “I think she’s getting better and stronger, which is kind of unusual because these fillies have had a tough schedule this season,” he said. “She can maintain her speed pretty good. She’s not a sprinter, but she holds her speed well, closes well and has a flawless gait to her. "She’s got a nice big rear-end on her, good shoulder and put together, very, very well,” McIntosh added. “There’s nothing really not to like about her.” The $374,000 Peaceful Way final will line up as follows: 1. Game On Hanover 2. I Jasmin 3. Danica Hall 4. Grammas Girl 5. Riveting Rosie 6. Reflection Hanover 7. Scream And Shout 8. Serendipitious 9. Toughs Legacy 10. White Becomes Her   by Greg Gangle

It was Scott Zeron Night at Mohawk Raceway as the young driver captured both $40,000 divisions of the Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday and now must make a tough decision of which horse to drive next week in the $700,000 final. Your So Vain picked off race favorite Royalty For Life in deep stretch to pull off an upset victory in the first of the two elimination divisions. The 2/5 wagering favorite, Royalty For Life, and driver Brian Sears came flying out of the starting gate along with Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) and Royalty For Life took command and led the field to opening quarter mile in an easy :27.4. The field then raced Indian-style past the half in :56.3. As the field came to three-quarters in 1:24.4, All Laid Out and driver Yannick Gingras moved first over to challenge and all this time Your So Vain and driver Scott Zeron was on the outside in sixth place. As they started down the stretch Sear looked over his shoulder briefly to see that All Laid Out was not gaining ground and Smilin Eli was stuck behind him, so whether Sears was caught napping in the stretch with a comfortable lead aboard Royalty For Life or Your So Vain had just too much speed built up for anyone to stop him from winning, victory was not to be. Scott Zeron had fanned out three-wide from sixth place on the final turn and once with a clear path the three-year-old son of Donato Hanover flew down the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. Royalty For Life held for second with Smilin Eli third. Also making it to the final are All Laid Out fourth and Pine Credit (Corey Callahan) fifth. "He's always had the ability, there has just always been an issue and I think Brad has the issues fixed," said owner Paul Van Camp, who is looking forward to competing against the sport's top three-year-old trotters next weekend.  "There are some unbelievable horses," he noted. "Royalty For Life, Smilin Eli, they're awesome, Corky, Master Of Law, it's just and honor to race against horses like this." It was the second straight win and third victory this year in seven starts for Your So Vain. He is trained by Bradley Maxwell and is owned by the P G Van Camp Stable of Port Perry, Ontario. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Your So Vain paid $11.40 to win. The second division saw Punxsutawney and driver Corey Callahan go right to the front with Corky (Dave Miller) taking the two-hold spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Callahan then quarter moved with Corky to take the lead and by the half mile marker in :56.2 was when Scott Zeron came first-over with Master Of Law giving live outside cover to Wheelin N Dealin (Sylvain Filion). Corky was comfortable on the lead at the three-quarters in 1:25.3 as the field began to bunch up for the stretch drive to the finish. Down the stretch Master of Law and Zeron were able to pass Corky who began to fade but Punxsutawney and Callahan found clearance and nearly collared Master of Law and Zeron coming to the wire but Master Of Law was able to hold on to the wire and win by a head in 1:53.4. Wheeling N Dealin was third with Corky fourth and Toocool Forschool (Jody Jamieson) finishing fifth to make the CTC final. So now what or who does Scott Zeron decided on driving for the Canadian Trotting Classic Final next week? “The one benefit of having driven the two elimination winners,” Zeron said, “is that they get to choose their posts. I will have to wait and see what the connections and owners decide on.” It was the sixth straight win in seven starts this year for Master Of Law. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe is trained by Frank Antonacci and is owned by the Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor and Son Stables. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Master Of Law paid $3.30 to win. “When you are sitting there at 3/5 everyone wants to follow you,” Zeron said about coming first-over. “I was fine coming first-over. He hasn’t really faced Grand Circuit colts until tonight. I knew how talented he is and Frank Antonacci wanted to take his time bringing this colt around. He is a little bit tough to handle in a race so we took it nice and easy with him. He has great endurance and can trot all day.” The field will line up as follows for the $686,000 final. 1) Wheeling N Dealin 2) Punxsutawney 3) Master Of Law 4) Your So Vain 5) Toocool Forschool 6) Royalty For Life 7) Pine Credit 8) Corky 9) All Laid Out 10) Smilin Eli By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 – A trio of $30,000 eliminations of the Peaceful Way highlighted the Thursday programme at Mohawk. The top three finishers plus one fourth-place finisher, drawn by lot, advance to next week’s $374,000 final, a part of the Canadian Trotting Classic undercard. Grammas Girl, I Jasmin and Danica Hall found the wire first and earned the right to pick their post positions for next week’s rich final. It was a quick turn of events in the first eliminations as heavily favourite Shake It Cerry and second choice Riveting Rosie made breaks. The result allowed Grammas Girl and Randy Waples to post the 35-1 upset. Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) quickly established command with Riveting Rosie (Paul Macdonell) sitting In The Pocket before the opening station in :28.1. Heading towards the half, Riveting Rosie made a miscue, which allowed Serendipitious (Jody Jamieson) to inherit the pocket with Grammas Girl third at the half in :1:00. Shake It Cerry would continue to lead her six rivals, but the talented filly broke stride before three-quarters in 1:30, which made Serendipitious the new leader. Waples angled Grammas Girl first-over around the final turn and was strides apart with Serendipitious at the top of the stretch. In the end, Grammas Girl wore down Serendipitious down the stretch and fended off all challengers en route to victory in 1:58. Game On Hanover (Sylvain Filion) finished second with Riveting Rosie regrouping to finish third. “We got some really good fortune,” said Waples following the win. “We had a good post, she got away good then Riveting Rosie made a break then Pierce’s filly (Shake It Cerry). That completely changed the outcome and we were only at three-quarters in 1:30, so that turned into a sprint and she’s got a good spring to her.” Trained by Brad Maxwell for owners Doug Millard and P G Van Camp, Grammas Girl celebrated her maiden-breaking victory. Her earnings now sit at $19,526. She paid a handsome $73.50. In the second elimination, I Jasmin prevailed as the 7/5 favourite. The trotting miss was in no hurry off the gate as Margie (John Campbell) was the first leader before the opening station in :28.3. Margie would continue to lead past the half in :58.1 and three-quarters in 1:28.1. Reflection Hanover (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack around the final turn. I Jasmin was found sitting third-over, six and a quarter lengths off the leader at three-quarters. Turning for home, Reflection Hanover took over command from Margie, but couldn’t fend off a late rally from I Jasmin, who closed in :27.4 to win by one length. White Becomes Her (Mario Baillargeon) finished third. “She’s pretty versatile and I could have just easily spoken to her to leave, but I wanted to take my time,” Zeron said following the win. “I got to watch her last week when she got locked in and she was climbing over them at the wire in a (1):56 mile, so tonight wasn’t too tough on her.” Trained by Zeron’s father, Rick, I Jasmin is owned by Ming Siu. The daughter of Muscle Mass celebrated her first career win as her earnings increased to $30,863. She paid $4.80. In the final elimination, Danica Hall and Trevor Ritchie posted the 5-1 upset in 1:57.3. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe rushed to command at the quarter in :28.3, before enjoying a pocket trip as favourite Demanding Sam (Paul Macdonell) made her way to the front. Demanding Sam would continue to lead her six rivals past the half in :58.1. Ritchie and Danica Hall were in the pocket, but Ritchie elected to angle the trotting miss to the outside and was the new leader at three-quarters in 1:28.4. Down the stretch, Ritchie asked the three-time winner for more trot and Danica Hall responded with a :28.4 final quarter to win by one and a quarter lengths over Scream And Shout (Jimmy Takter).Demanding Sam finished third, but was placed sixth due to interference. That allowed Toughs Legacy (Ron Pierce) to complete the triactor. “She was just as impressive tonight as she was last week in the Champlain,” Ritchie said following the win. “She’s two fingers to drive and there’s really nothing not to like about her. She’s really progressed since I first baby raced her.” Trained by Doug McIntosh for owner/breeder Walnut Hall Limited, Danica Hall increased her bankroll to $98,623. She paid $13.50 to win. The field will line up as follows for the $374,000 final. 1) Game On Hanover 2) I Jasmin 3) Danica Hall 4) Grammas Girl 5) Riveting Rosie 6) Reflection Hanover 7) Scream And Shout 8) Serendipitious 9) Toughs Legacy 10) White Becomes Her Greg Gangle – WEG Communications

Takes On Best Trotters In North America

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 – Fourteen of the finest three-year-old colt and gelding trotters in North America will line up behind the gate for this year’s Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, Saturday at Mohawk. With two eliminations taking place, the top five finishers from each race will advance to the $700,000 final on Saturday, September 14 at the Campbellville oval. Flanagan Memory, who captured the Goodtimes Trot earlier this year at Mohawk, will leave post two in the first elimination. The Rene Dion-trainee has banked $256,298 this season, but will face a tough test as he’ll square off against Hambletonian winner, Royalty For Life. “There are two small fields for the eliminations, which always helps,” Dion said. “My horse is coming into the race in very good shape, but he’ll have his work cut out for him. It’s never an easy task racing at this level and he’ll have to put his best foot forward.” The son of Kadabra made an uncharacteristic break last start, but made a great recovery to to find the wire first in 1:56. “I’m not exactly sure why he did that,” Dion said. “The only thing I can think of is because he had the rail and was maybe looking around. Usually he draws outside and has horses on both sides of him. I’m happy with the two-hole.” Flanagan Memory has raced eight times this season and eight times last year, but the results have been quite different. “He just had to grow up and mature, that was his biggest thing,” Dion explained, about last season. “Last year he would make breaks and such and this year, he’s grown into a man. He went from a boy last year to a man this year.” Flanagan Memory has crafted an impressive 7-2-1 record in his career along with $295,498 in earnings for Dion, who shares ownership with Liette Flanagan. Chris Christoforou is listed to steer once again. Hambletonian champion, Royalty For Life will headline the first elimination for trainer George Ducharme. The son of RC Royalty has banked $874,850 this season along with a 5-1-0 record from nine starts. Owned by Alfred Ross, Raymond Campbell and Paul Fontaine, Royalty For Life has won five of his last six starts. He'll leave from post five in the first elimination with Brian Sears aboard. Corky, trained by Jimmy Takter, will headline the other elimination. A winner of $660,191 this season, the son of Muscles Yankee has crafted a 4-5-3 record from 13 starts this season along with $887,488 in his career. Corky will begin from post one with regular pilot David Miller. With two eliminations set for Saturday evening, the top five finishers will advance to the lucrative final. Race 2 The field will line up as follows: 1) Your So Vain 2) Flanagan Memory 3) Smilin Eli 4) All Laid Out 5) Royalty For Life 6) Pine Credit 7) Murmur Hanover Race 3 1) Corky 2) Gotta Secret 3) Toocool Forschool 4) Fico 5) Master Of Law 6) Punxsutawney 7) Wheeling N Dealin by Greg Gangle

Just hours after the news arrived that Workaholic died in France, the message came from Denmark that former harness racing star Armbro Goal has died at age 28.

Driver Tim Tetrick captured his third million-dollar race this year when the heavily-favoured Market Share got up in the final strides to score by a neck in the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds, Saturday at Mohawk.

Harness racing trainer Dustin Jones and longtime owner Serge Godin could be in for a big night Saturday when a pair of talented trotting colts step onto the track at Mohawk.

If Tim Tetrick can drive Market Share to victory in Saturday's C$1 million Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters, he will feel like a million bucks. Again.

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