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MILTON, ONT, October 19, 2019 - Odds-on favourite Warrawee Ubeaut took command midway through the mile and scooted away from her competition under minimal encouragement on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to take the lone $32,500 (CAD) Breeders Crown elimination for three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. Beautyonthebeach blasted to the front from post 10 while Tall Drink Hanover floated into second but then circled to the lead passing a :26.4 first quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut tracked Tall Drink Hanover to the backside and swept past the brief pacesetter before a :55.3 half. Rolling to the far turn Warrawee Ubeaut faced little pressure as she decelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Queen Of The Pride tipped first over into the final turn but stalled through the stretch as Warrwee Ubeaut sprinted to the finish while widening her lead on Tall Drink Hanover in progress to a 1:50.2 win. "She's great--there's no other words to describe her," winning driver Yannick Gingras said after the race. "She's perfect to drive and when I called upon her at the top of the stretch she was like coming out of her skin pacing so strong." Warrawee Ubeaut races for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke conditions the Sweet Lou filly who collected her 18th victory from 28 starts--her 11th from 16 this year--and earned $1,329,555. "Now we've got her pretty much dialed in that we just keep doing what we're doing," Burke said after the race. "When we were teaching her to become this mare it was a little bit harder. Sometimes she took losses that you were thinking maybe you should just roll her all out and she can hang on. But we knew it would come to the day where she would learn to do this or at least we hoped. And now she's become a complete horse." Warrawee Ubeaut returned $2.50 to win. To see the race replay, click here. The top eight finishers from the 10-horse elimination advance to the final. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign took byes while Warrawee Ubeaut gets to draw between posts 1 through 5 after winning the elimination. 1 Beautyonthebeach 2 Sunny Dee 3 Treacherous Reign 4 Tall Drink Hanover 5 Warrawee Ubeaut 6 Ideation Hanover 7 Philly Hanover 8 Stonebridge Soul 9 Queen Of The Pride 10 Best Seller Hanover From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ON - September 26, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for the inaugural 'Mohawk Million', a race for two-year-old harness racing trotters with a $1 million (USD) purse, making it the richest harness race in Canada. Scheduled for late September or early October in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 'Mohawk Million' will follow a buy-in formula with nine of 10 slots in the race available for purchase. The tenth and final spot will be given to the connections of the 2020 William Wellwood Memorial winner at no cost. The nine buy-in slots cost $110,000 (USD) and will be sold before February 17, 2020. "We are thrilled to offer horsepeople this exciting opportunity and provide a platform for the finest young trotters in the sport," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "With the addition of the Mohawk Million, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host over two full months of top stakes racing for two-year-old trotters potentially exceeding $4 million which will set a new industry standard and further demonstrate our commitment in being a global leader and innovator in harness racing." Each slot in the 'Mohawk Million' is an entity and may be sold, traded or leased. The purchaser of the slot does not have to declare a horse for the 'Mohawk Million' until time of entry. A total of nine purchase contracts must be received by February 17, 2020 or the event will not proceed, and entry fees will be returned. If more than nine purchase contracts are received, a draw for the nine slots will take place before February 28, 2020. Final rules and conditions for the 'Mohawk Million' will be available in the coming weeks. "We appreciate the support we have received from the Central Ontario Standardbred Association towards the Mohawk Million and look forward to making it a reality," said Lawson. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, June 14, 2019 - Caviart Ally will take aim at ending Shartin N's rule over the harness racing older pacing mare division when the two again spar in the $330,000 Roses Are Red Final on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're going to take her on," said Brett Pelling, who started training Caviart Ally after her original trainer Noel Daley returned home to Australia. "It'll be interesting...when they're away from home, some things are out of your control. She's up there, I'm down here. We know she was okay last week; the girl taking her for me does a beautiful job. "But you know sometimes the trip away from home wakes them up as well. They're out of their surroundings, they get a bit more hyped up about things; everything's new. Even like an older horse like that might set in another little wake-up call for her...maybe an improvement, who knows." Caviart Ally has enjoyed her time at Mohawk Park, as the best mile of her career came in an elimination for the Milton Stakes in September. Gunning to the front, she paced a 1:48.3 and cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the final. "They [shipped her] back between [the elim and the final] when they did that [in the Milton]," Pelling said. "And I think she was obviously a bit tired in the final. I mean shipping all the way up there and then all the way back and back up again, that's three really long ship in an eight- or nine-day period. That's a big scope and I never really wanted to do that to her." After turning out at Caviart Farms at the end of last season, Caviart Ally shipped to Brett Pelling. She's among a few horses bringing the champion trainer back to the top ranks since he returned from Australia in 2017. "One of the things that we've done differently to see if it would work or not is to teach her to race other horses more than race the racetrack," Pelling said. "Put the fear of God in them; exhibit [their] speed [and] just basically racing the racetrack instead of like now, where if [she's] balling along up front and someone pulls from the four or five hole...she sees them; she's on it. "She's become much more tractable in her races and--whether its positive or negative--she still has blazing speed. And it seems to be working; she seems a lot kinder in her races now. Andy [McCarthy] likes her this way and I think it's all going along well." Caviart Ally returned to the races on April 30 at Pocono Downs, finishing second in a top-condition pace. She then won two straight at The Meadowlands, one of which she paced a 1:49.2 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. Caviart Ally's first stakes engagement of the year was the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver McCarthy launched her to the front from the inside and set a quick pace. She almost had Shartin N beat, but Tim Tetrick managed to not get boxed inside by sliding off the pylons past the half and charging towards Caviart Ally to eventually get a nose up at the finish. "Andy and I come from the same part of the world, and the bottom line is if you draw inside and protect position, you have every right to protect your position," Pelling said. "Too many times these guys think the racetrack is theirs. [So with] Timmy thinking he's going to cruise to the front...well now why's that got to happen? "Like I know a lot of people don't really realize this, but with where Andy's from and where I'm from, if you have the inside and just basically turn one loose, you get a fine and a penalty for that. You're there to protect your position at all times... if you get out sped, it's a different story." Pelling felt that had Tetrick waited slightly longer to pull, Caviart Ally would've been turned loose by McCarthy moments later and may have gone the distance. "Timmy sort of came out [at] full gas at a place where you don't expect someone to come and she had to change gears like right down. It was a good race; I enjoyed it." Opportunity could arise for one of the other eight mares in Saturday's Roses Are Red if a Caviart Ally versus Shartin N battle arises. "Getting out of there in :25.2, none of the others were involved," said Pelling. Going up the back in :26, :26.1 (whatever it was), they're not involved. And yet at the wire, because they had gone so hard, they were coming. "On a bigger track, that's why you see upsets in there. I think [Andy and Timmy] raced [it] as if it were a two-horse race, but those other mares can go." Shartin N and Caviart Ally faced off again last week in the $35,000 Roses Are Red prep, where Shartin N set the pace and Caviart Ally sat the pocket while throwing her head left into the stretch before ultimately finishing second in the 1:48.4 mile. "She always travels a little bit on the left line," Pelling said. "We kind of think she was really looking to bully her way out of the hole. Two races before when she raced at the Meadowlands, where she was following Youaremycandygirl, she pulled herself out and went...and kind of looked like she was trying to do the same thing the other night." Caviart Ally starts inside of Shartin N this week, going from post-two as the 7/2 second choice on the morning line. Shartin N starts from post-four as the 4/5 morning-line favourite with Youaremycandygirl starting between them in post-three. "This week she is going to have a pair of blinkers on so she can't look back," Pelling said. "Hopefully she's more forward focused instead of her getting to do what she wants. And she's determined. She's a big mare, gets her own way and has a big personality." By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park  

AUGUST 10, 2018 - When the two-year-old trotting fillies returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their third Gold Series event on Friday evening, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson had an opportunity to make amends for a decision he made in the July 15 season opener. In that event Jamieson chose Shesa Sweetheart over Cambridge Kate and watched as the filly he had qualified and driven in one overnight event swept to victory with Louis Philippe Roy in the race bike while he settled for fourth with the pacesetting fan favourite. With Shesa Sweetheart absent from Friday's contest trainer Carl Jamieson chose to give his son a second chance at steering Cambridge Kate and the reinsman took full advantage of the opportunity, guiding the filly to her second straight Gold victory. "I made the right choice this time," Jamieson quipped. "Actually, I didn't have any choice so I was happy that Dad gave me the call on her tonight." Starting from Post 8 the pair trotted strongly away from the start and settled briefly in third as Royaltys Pearl took the field to a :28.3 quarter. Soon after the quarter-mile pole Jamieson sent Cambridge Kate after the lead and the filly was showing the way by the :59.2 half. Under pressure from Presto Change O around the final turn, Cambridge Kate reached the thee-quarters in 1:28.4 and then dug in through the stretch to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.3. Angies Luckeylady closed well to be second and Presto Change O was third. "She's just perfect really, she does nothing wrong on the track and just goes," said Moffat resident Jamieson of the fan favourite. "I had the chance to retake the lead easily tonight, so I did, and she did the rest." Rockwood resident Carl Jamieson shares ownership of Cambridge Kate with Glengate K Farms of Erin and Dr. Robert Boyce of London, Ontario. The daughter of E L Titan and former Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) competitor Aimees Image was a $44,000 acquisition from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and has recouped $85,400 through her first four starts. Cambridge Kate While he may have missed out on a second win aboard Cambridge Kate, driver Louis Philippe Roy still made an appearance in the OSS winner's circle, guiding HP Titania Runner to victory in the second $98,800 division. The second of three winners the 28-year-old would steer on Friday's program, HP Titania Runner also marked the 1,000th career win for the native of Mont-Joli, Quebec. Roy, who currently sits atop the OSS driver standings, eased HP Titania Runner away from Post 3 and watched from mid-pack as Petro Hall rolled to a :28.3 opening quarter. Moving steadily up the outside behind Royal Rhythm as Petro Hall carried on to a :58.3 half and 1:28.2 three-quarters, HP Titania Runner turned for home with a clear view of the finish line and powered by the leaders to a 1:57.3 victory. Petro Hall settled for second, one and one-half length behind the fan favourite, and Champagne Jane closed hard to finish third. "She's a nice filly with a lot of speed. I had to be a little bit careful with her tonight to keep her trotting, but she wasn't tired at the end, so I hope she keeps on showing more and more," said Roy. "I'm happy for the owner-breeders. They are among the first people that gave me stakes drives while I was racing in Quebec, so to win Golds here with them is very nice." Roy steers the daughter of E L Titan and $466,034 winner Canaco Runner for owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, Quebec and trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus, Ontario. In two starts the filly has earned $82,600 and shares ownership of top spot in the division standings with Cambridge Kate and Petro Hall, each filly tallying 100 points in the first three Gold events. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Gold Series start at Flamboro Downs on September 25. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, August 16 with the fourth Gold Leg for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time for the program is 7:10 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 16, 2017 - Trotting filly Stonebridge Rhyme may not have earned back all of her $29,000 purchase price, but on Sunday night the harness racing  two-year-old gave owner Arpad Szabo something almost as a valuable, an Ontario Sires Stakes victory at his local oval Georgian Downs. Starting from Post 1, Stonebridge Rhyme and driver Sylvain Filion were in front for most of the mile, trotting under the finish wire in 2:02.1 to take the second $19,500 Grassroots division of the evening. Division point leader Christmas Candy and fan favourite Kant Afford It were one length behind Stonebridge Rhyme in second and third. "He's a great guy and he deserves to have a nice little horse. He's from up in Bradford there so all his family was there tonight. He just loves the game, he loves the game," said Rob Fellows, who trains Stonebridge Rhyme for Szabo. "That win - at his home track, on his home turf, with all his family - that will be worth him buying that horse, and, you know, maybe she'll have a nice career ahead of her." Fellows said the daughter of Kadabra and Stonebridge Ballad has been a pleasure to train and chalked up a break in the July 6 Grassroots opener at Mohawk Racetrack to inexperience. The filly quickly resumed trotting and finished fourth, so her connections were hopeful she would rebound with a positive effort Sunday. "When she qualified the first time she kind of threw her head a little bit going into the first turn, but kept trotting. But her first race, when they were cutting over in front of her, just being green, she just tossed her head and went off stride," explained the Rockwood, ON resident. "She was better this week so hopefully she can keep going. "You always worry about them getting a little aggressive and that kind of stuff, especially trotting fillies, you have to worry about every step they take," he added. The third Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies goes postward July 30 on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program, and Fellows hopes Szabo has another opportunity to gather his family in the winner's circle before the end of the campaign. "This is a nice little filly, I don't know if she has any total package speed to be a 1:54 trotter or anything like that as an aged horse, but right now, in this stage, she's had two starts and she's stayed trotting in one of them and she's won it, so I'm happy," said Fellows. "If I keep her in the Grassroots and manage her properly she might develop." Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron captured the other Grassroots division with fan favourite Yokomotion in a sharp 2:00.3. The John Bax trainee sailed home two and one-half lengths ahead of Bonnie Breeze and another length in front of her stablemate Gradabra. Like Stonebridge Rhyme, Yokomotion made an early break in the July 6 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and had to settle for fifth, but Byron said she was solid, if a little aggressive, in her second lifetime start. "Last week she hit the bike and this week they put a different bike on her, but in saying that she was still a little excitable. She remembered it," Byron noted. "She was a little keener than I would want, but she did race great." Campbellville resident Bax shares ownership of Yokomotion with Goin To The Show Stable and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough and Happy Trails Stables of London, ON. The partners acquired the daughter of Justice Hall and Yoko Hanover for $22,000 at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and she returned $9,750 with Sunday's victory. "She did that pretty easy," said Byron. "She's a big, strong, fast mare, so hopefully she keeps doing it." The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 15 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing  

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

Anndrovette's home is in New Jersey, but the harness racing female pacer certainly seems to make herself at home in Canada; particularly when it comes to the Roses Are Red Stakes at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. The 9-year-old has won the Roses Are Red a record three times and goes for No. 4 on Saturday in the C$370,000 final at Mohawk. Anndrovette enters the race off a 1:49.4 win by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes in her elimination last weekend. It was the mare's first victory in seven starts this season and her best win time since capturing the 2014 Roses Are Red --- the third of her threepeat --- in 1:49.1. For her career, Anndrovette has won nine of 22 races at Mohawk and hit the board a total of 17 times. "She really likes Canada and she's done really well in the Roses Are Red up there," said Tim Tetrick, who is Anndrovette's regular driver. "She raced great last week; it was a really good mile. She's a classy old mare, that's for sure. She never seems to go away; not for the whole season. She's older now, but you usually get three or four good starts out of her. She makes about $400,000 a year, and there's nothing wrong with that." Anndrovette has won 45 of 135 career races and earned $3.51 million in purses. She enters the Roses Are Red needing $237,102 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. In addition, Anndrovette received four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies from 2011-2014, setting the record for an older female pacer and equaling Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. She is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. "I'll never count her out," trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. said. "Anytime I've ever counted her out before she comes back to prove me wrong. He then added with a laugh, "Maybe I will count her out. Maybe that will do it." Prior to the start in her Roses Are Red elimination, Anndrovette raced this season exclusively at Yonkers Raceway. She had a second-place finish and two thirds at the half-mile oval in New York. For her career, she has won 13 of 45 starts at Yonkers, but posted only two wins at The Hilltop since 2013. "I know Yonkers isn't her cup of tea," Tetrick said. "It hurts her that she doesn't get to race as much on a big track. (Last week) was the best she's raced all year. I think she'll be fine. She's very tough and she likes to win." Anndrovette rallied from sixth place at the midpoint of last week's elimination to post her triumph. Also winning eliminations were Lady Shadow, who claimed last year's Roses Are Red trophy, and Solar Sister. Lady Shadow won her elim by 3-1/4 lengths over Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:50.2 with Doug McNair in the sulky for trainer Ron Adams. Solar Sister won her elim by 1-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:51, also with McNair handling the driving. McNair will sit behind Solar Sister, trained by his dad Gregg, in the final. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive Lady Shadow. Anndrovette will start the final from post No. 4, with Solar Sister leaving from post two and Lady Shadow from three. "You get a good spot and hope it works out," Bamond said. "I don't know what Tim will do; I don't know if he'll leave. She was real good from off the pace after being on the lead pretty much her whole life, so maybe he takes her off the gate and it works out." Following is the field for the Roses Are Red in post order. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 2. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - R. Gregg McNair 3. Lady Shadow - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams 4. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 6. Devil Child - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes 7. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 8. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque 9. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson - Rene Allard 10. Katie Said - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter And with their sires; 1. Waasmula by Million Dollar Cam 2. Solar Sister by Mach Three 3. Lady Shadow by Shadow Play 4. Anndrovette by Riverboat King 5. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Devil Child by American Ideal 7. Ms Mac N Cheese by Badlands Hanover 8. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 9. Yagonnakissmeornot by The Panderosa 10. Katie Said by Well Said by Ken Weingartner

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series second leg and the Somebeachsomewhere stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (June 4) with a pair of C$98,250 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters and two C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, the Art Rooney for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, and a trio of invitational races at Harrah's Philadelphia. Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35-1 in Friday night's (May 27) $115,500 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn't read the tote board. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give driver Mark MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure (Sylvain Filion) who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two checks. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a 6-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. It was as uneventful an eight-hole trip as Missile J (Brian Sears, $2,60, part of entry) could possibly have wished for Saturday night (May 28) in winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. A week after winning the lone, $40,000 elimination for the 26th Rooney, Missile J was blind-drawed behind the eight-ball in a field of two 3-year-old colts and six geldings. He was in play early over a track that was moisturized by a fair amount of pre-card rain. Missile J fell into an open three-hole behind pole-sitting entrymate Artmagic (George Brennan) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube), who left a bit wide from post position two to make sure Missile J couldn't get around him early. Artmagic had things his own way over the "good" surface, getting a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and :56.1 intermission. The leader then lost his closest pursuer, as Rodeo Rock gave up the ghost chasing a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.3). Missile J had taken out of third by then, getting into second and picking up the scent of the leader. Artmagic owned a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane, but his night was about to end. Missile J and a handful of closers rolled by, with Missile J drawing out to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Second went to a much-improved Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker), with Yankee Artillery (Jordan Stratton), Artmagic and Manny (Brent Holland) settling for the smaller remainder. For Missile J, an unraced at two, $100,000 American Ideal gelding co-owned by Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in eight seasonal starts. Most people might be unhappy to see clouds block out the sun on their Memorial Day weekend, but Montrell Teague couldn't have been more overjoyed. Teague drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, a horse who has a penchant for jumping shadows on the racetrack. So when Teague saw the clouds roll in moments before heading onto the track for Wiggle It Jiggleit's start in Sunday's (May 29) $200,000 Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older male pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, he was relieved. And under the cover of those clouds, Wiggle It Jiggleit went out and paced the fastest mile in the 11-year history of Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:47.3 as he captured the Mullin Invitational by 1-3/4 lengths over early pacesetter Rockin Ron. Rockeyed Optimist finished third. The previous fastest mile at Harrah's Philadelphia was 1:48, a mark shared by Artistic Fella and Mister Big. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 4-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval. In the Mullin, Wiggle It Jiggleit found himself in second place behind Confederation Cup champion Rockin Ron. Teague and the 1-2 favorite made their move to challenge Rockin Ron just after reaching the race's midpoint and battled side-by-side around the final turn. From there, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced away from his rivals to post the victory for owners George Teague Jr., who is Montrell's father, and the Teague Racing Partnership. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis. Also on Sunday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia, Obrigado won the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters by a neck over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52 and Venus Delight won the $200,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by 2-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:50.4. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website.Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 186.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. George Brennan - 103; 4. Matt Kakaley - 100; 5. Jason Bartlett - 90. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 163; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 138; 3. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Clyde Francis - 62.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 85; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 45.55; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 45.55; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Scioto Downs, Mohawk, The Meadows, and Tioga Downs. Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters; Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers; The Meadows will contest eliminations for the Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares; and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today released updated lists of eligible harness racing horses to their impressive stakes program. The March 15 stakes deadline featured sustaining payments for several events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, and nomination payments for many big events, including the Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby. The Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race, has 53 horses remaining eligible following March's sustaining payment. Originally 58 three-year-old pacers were nominated to the $1 million event. The $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, $400,000 Fan Hanover, $400,000 Elegantimage and $250,000 Goodtimes all had a sustaining payment due on March 15. Each event saw at least 88 per cent of their nominees make the first sustaining payment. A total of 168 two-year-old pacers have been nominated to the Metro Pace. The $685,000 event is the richest race for two-year-olds and has been captured by many greats including Artsplace, Rocknroll Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, Canada's oldest stakes race, has attracted 47 nominees. The list of older pacers nominated to the 'Derby' includes last year's champion and Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, U.S Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Pepsi North America Cup champion Wakizashi Hanover and Breeders Crown champion Always B Miki. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, is also nominated to the Canadian Pacing Derby. The winner of over $7.3 million has appeared in the 'Pacing Derby' five-times, including winning the event in 2012. A group of 36 older trotters have been nominated to the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Last year's winner Bee A Magician has once again been made eligible to the event and is one of four mares (D One, Mission Brief, Shake It Cerry) nominated. A trio of WEG's signature events for two-year-olds all featured a close number of nominees. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies has 161 nominees, while the $370,000 William Wellwood for rookie trotters and the $410,000 Peaceful Way for trotting fillies attracted 162 and 164 nominees, respectively. A full list of nominees and eligible horses for all WEG stakes events can be found by clicking here. Below are the signature dates for the 2016 WEG racing season. Saturday, June 18: Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red, Armbro Flight Saturday, September 3: Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, Shes A Great Lady Saturday, September 17: Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot, Elegantimage, William Wellwood, Peaceful Way Saturday, September 24: Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships Saturday, October 15: Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals Saturday, November 19: "Fall Four" Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamond, Goldsmith Maid (at Woodbine) Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 4 - The Metro Pace has consistently been the biggest race for harness racing two-year-old pacers in the sport. Each Labour Day weekend, the top two-year-old pacers from different states and provinces converge on Mohawk Racetrack for the richest race for freshmen. Over the years, the Metro Pace champion has quickly stamped himself as the top rookie pacer. This year, the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) has a big chance to be home of the top rookie pacer in harness racing. A group of four OSS competitors will compete in the ten-horse $685,000 Metro Pace Saturday night. Voracity and Betting Line have both won multiple OSS Gold events this season and last Saturday both proved to be Grand Circuit contenders with victories in their respective Metro eliminations. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity won divisions of the first two Gold events, before finishing second by a nose at Rideau. The Tony Alagna trainee rebounded with a victory in the Nassagaweya heading into his Metro elimination. Through the first five starts of his career, Voracity has shown versatility that has impressed his conditioner. "I think that's the true test of any great horse is that they have versatility where they can leave off the switch and they can come right back off the next week," said Alagna, following Voracity's Metro elimination. "These horses have to be versatile now a days because it's a speed game and they have to be able to start and stop at a seconds notice." Voracity is out of the second-crop of Sportswriter, who cleaned up last season in the OSS and appears to be on pace for another solid season thanks in large part to the Alagna trainee. Voracity will be looking for his fifth win from six starts Saturday and he enters the Metro the highest earning two-year-old pacing colt in the sport with over $170,000 banked. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line also has two victories this season in Gold events. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from six starts and will be meeting Voracity for the first time in the Metro Pace. Coleman, who trained Sportswriter, is excited to see his offspring performing at the highest level, but she is confident in her son of Bettors Delight. "(Voracity) is a Sportswriter colt and I was real excited to see a Sportswriter win a Metro elim and he was very impressive," said Coleman, last Saturday. "I've been real happy with everything (Betting Line's) done so far, he's a really talented colt." Bettors Delight is currently in his first season in the OSS after many years as one of the top sires in New York. Betting Line's early-season success has made a major impact for Bettors Delight in the Ontario market. Bettors Delight will also be represented by Jimmy Takter trainee Cruise Patrol in Saturday's rich contest. Cruise Patrol has yet to win a race in seven starts, but Takter is no stranger to a Metro upset, having won the 2011 edition with Simply Business at 20/1. Nvestment Bluechip, a son of Shadow Play, is the fourth and final OSS competitor in the field. The Dave Menary trainee won a division of the first Gold event this season and finished third by just half a length in his Metro elimination. Nvestment Bluechip, who has a record of two wins from five starts, impressed his conditioner training down, convincing his connections to pay him up to the Metro and other Grand Circuit events. "He was kind of my favourite colt all winter," said Menary. "His schedule he doesn't have to leave Canada, but it still gives him a little bit of opportunity to step up." Although Nvestment Bluechip will face his toughest challenge this Saturday, Menary believes the tasks will be tough all season in the OSS. "It is (a deep group). He's been lucky so far, but there are a lot of good colts and hopefully he can have a little more luck going to the end of the year." Voracity and Betting Line have been installed as the second and third choice on the morning line for Saturday's final at 3/1 and 7/2, respectively. Nvestment Bluechip and Cruise Patrol may be long shots on the morning line, but it was just a few years ago that Ontario sired colt Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 10/1 upset in the 2013 Metro. The 2015 Metro Pace will go forward as the Seventh Race Saturday evening at approximately 9:17 p.m. Here is the full field for the Metro Pace. 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 Mark McKelvie     -30-   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred Work - (416) 675-7223) x4367 Cell - (905) 864-9110 @MohawkMarkM     P Please consider the environment before printing this email. - Proud Member of Imagine Canada, achieving Caring Company Status - Recycling Council of Ontario's Platinum Waste Minimization Award - Quality ERA Gold Award winner for continuous improvements This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. 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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Many of harness racings finest three-year-old trotting fillies took centre-stage at Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Casual Breeze Stakes. A total of 15 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two divisions of the Grand Circuit event. In the $91,475 first division, Doug Millard's homebred, Elegant Serenity, went gate to wire for 3½ length victory. Starting from post position six, trainer/driver Roger Mayotte immediately took the filly to the lead, opening up by as much as two lengths by the half. Elegant Serenity controlled the tempo throughout, posting fractions of 27:4, 57:2, and 1.25:4. She opened up her lead down the stretch by up to five lengths, being chased late by Lilu Hanover to close the gap. Smokinmombo, the odds on favourite, stalked the pace to the half, made a brief bid at the top of the stretch and eased out to a sixth place finish. Second place finisher Lilu Hanover trailed the field down the stretch, making a late surge in the final eighth to pass Piscean three wide. Juanitas Fury was fourth by 5¼ lengths. "She had no real races over the last month" said Mayotte, following the race. "We knew she has a big plate ahead of her over the next six weeks, so we thought it was a good chance to give her a freshener". Owner/breeder Doug Millard later added that Elegant Serenity will likely be aimed towards the Elegantimage Stakes, which is fittingly named in honour of her dam. Friday's score was Elegant Serenity's fourth out of her six starts in 2015. She has now bumped her lifetime earnings to over $150,000 after Friday's stakes victory. Elegant Serenity paid $4.90 to win. Elegant Serenity Ontario Sires Stakes star Muscle Baby Doll scored her sixth consecutive victory with another dominating effort in the $92,475 second Casual Breeze split. Muscle Baby Doll, the 2/5 favourite, and driver Doug McNair left from the rail and got situated third, before making a quick second-quarter move to overtake the lead from Danielle Hall. The public's choice posted a half-mile time of :56.3 to take the field into the final turn. Lock Down Lindy, a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner, picked up cover around the final turn and was placed second-over. After trotting by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Muscle Baby Doll waved goodbye to her rivals and quickly extended her lead. Lock Down Lindy was unable to fire off her cover in the lane, leaving Danielle Hall to chase the favourite and finish second by two-lengths, as Muscle Baby Doll stopped the timer in 1:53.3. Speak To Me trotted up to get third, while Tymal Illbthere was fourth. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner F Bellino And Sons Llc. The sophomore trotting filly was making her first start since a 6¾ length victory in the Duenna Stakes at The Meadowlands on August 7. "What she did at The Meadowlands was pretty spectacular and she was good again tonight," said O'Sullivan, following the race. "She's a beautiful filly, she's a professional and she does everything good and she just wants to win." Muscle Baby Doll improved her record to seven wins from eight starts in 2015 with her 11th career victory Friday. The Casual Breeze score increases her earnings to over $390,000. Following the race, O'Sullivan confirmed that Muscle Baby Doll is being pointed towards the Elegantimage eliminations in two weeks. Muscle Baby Doll paid $2.90 to win. Muscle Baby Doll   The sophomore trotting fillies will have a final opportunity to prep for the Elegantimage Stakes next Friday (September 4) in the Simcoe Stakes. Mark McKelvie

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - Harness racing rookie pacers Voracity, The Catamount Kid & Control The Moment scored Grand Circuit victories Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the Nassagaweya Stakes. A group of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Voracity, a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold series winner, took his game to another level with a 1:51.2 victory in the opening division. Driven by Randy Waples, Voracity, the 6/5 favourite, got away second heading into the first turn, as Heavymetal Hanover hung up an opening-quarter of :27. In the second-quarter, Talk Show, the 3/2 second choice, came to the outside from fourth for driver Jack Moiseyev triggering Waples to pull the pocket and circle to the front. Talk Show cleared Voracity for the lead after a half of :56.1 and turned up the tempo taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Voracity came to the outside to set up a stretch duel between the top two choices. In the final-eighth, Voracity took the lead from a game Talk Show and prevailed by three-quarter of a length in a career-best 1:51.2. Heavymetal Hanover finished third, while Carter Beach was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity is co-owned and trained by Tony Alagna. The rookie pacer started his career two for two, but suffered his first defeat by a nose in his last outing. "He's been really good here on the Woodbine circuit," said Alagna, following the race. "We took him down to Rideau and he was second and I didn't think he raced as well as he had been. It was the first time he had shipped that kind of distance and I think it dulled him a little bit. Tonight Randy did a great job, he read the race just the way it was going to play out and the colt responded." Brad Grant and John Fodera share ownership of Voracity with Alagna. The OSS star now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $152,917. Voracity was a $47,000 yearling purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Sale. The Alagna trainee paid $4.50 to win. Voracity In the second division, Carl Jamieson trainee The Catamount Kid made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:52.1 victory. A son of Well Said, The Catamount Kid and driver Jody Jamieson showed early speed to get situated in third, as Sossys King Kong posted an opening-quarter of :27.3. In the second-quarter, Rodeo Rock and driver Waples circled to the front from second, but their lead was short-lived, as Jamieson sent The Catamount Kid to the front from third and reached the half in :56.4. Ideal Rocky, the 7/5 favourite, came first up around the final turn and got to the wheel of The Catamount Kid, but that was as close as anyone would get to the leader. The Catamount Kid charged home comfortably in :27.1 to score a two-length victory over Sossys King Kong. Ideal Rocky had to settle for third, while Mindtrip was fourth. The Catamount Kid is owned by Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, George Harrison and Brian Paquet. The rookie was a $67,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He was one of our top horses all winter," said Carl Jamieson, following the race. "He's good gaited, easy to work with and he's a really nice horse." The Catamount Kid now has two wins from four starts and a bankroll of $64,441. The clocking of 1:52.1 is a career-best for the Jamieson trainee. The Catamount Kid paid $8.40 to win. Catamount Kid Control The Moment improved to a perfect five for five with a strong 1:51.4 victory in the final division. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment and driver Waples took back at the start and got away in sixth. Manny cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. Down the backstretch, Control The Moment picked up the cover of Inspiration View and the two colts marched their way towards the leader around the final turn, as Manny posted a three-quarter time of 1:25. In the stretch, Control The Moment charged by his rivals with effortless strides and cruised home in :26.2 for the victory. American Passport finished up with a strong late-kick to finish second by a length, while Racing Hill and Manny were third and fourth, respectively. Control The Moment is trained by Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The rookie pacer was purchased for $47,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The driving victory for Waples was his third stakes victory on the card. Control The Moment increased his bankroll to $78,187 with the victory Saturday and also lowered his career-mark by two-fifths of a second. The Maxwell trainee paid $2.80 to win. Control The Moment All three Nassagaweya division winners are eligible to the eliminations of the Metro Pace next Saturday. Two-year-old pacing fillies were also in action Saturday in two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. In the $110,361 first division, Thatsoveryverynice continued the strong evening for the Alagna stable with a 1:51.4 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the even-money favourite, got away fifth heading into the first turn and sat in that position until nearing the half. Blue Moon Stride, the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, made a second-quarter brush to the lead, but was quickly confronted by Twin B Thong. Thatsoveryverynice was left first up around the final turn, as Twin B Thong took the field by the third-quarter in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Thatsoveryverynice powered by Twin B Thong to take the lead. Blue Moon Stride couldn't find room up the rail and swung to the far outside to make a late bid, but came up a length short of Thatsoveryverynice. Twin B Thong held on for third, while Three Dreams was fourth. An Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice set an OSS record of 1:51.2 in her career debut and has two Gold victories on her resume. The daughter of Vintage Master suffered her first loss last week at Georgian. "She's done nothing wrong all along," said Jamieson, following the race. "Last week was more my fault, just kind of fighting her at the gate. Tonight she was a different horse. Tony brought her in right where she was perfect and went up to the gate and did all the work." Thatsoveryverynice is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Marvin Katz. She now has a record of three wins from four starts and earnings of $125,315. Thatsoveryverynice returned $4.30 to win. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to six in a row with a 1:51.4 victory in the $112,130 second division. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, L A Delight floated off the gate to get away in sixth, while Darlinonthebeach sprinted to the opening-quarter in :26.1. Darlinonthebeach was unchallenged in the second-quarter and took the field by the half in :55.1. Shes Lights Out came out from third to challenge first up around the final turn, while L A Delight was making up ground on the outside and tipped three-wide at the three-quarter pole In the stretch, L A Delight roared by her rivals and pulled away with every stride under a hand drive from Waples to win by jusy over 4 lengths. Show Time Hill came through to finish second, while Darlinonthebeach and Keystone Paula were third and fourth, respectively. L A Delight now has six wins in a row and had been doing most of the work on the front end, but Waples decided to change things up Saturday. "There was a couple of them that were really hot behind the gate and it just seemed to me that if I went with them we were going to see some really serious fractions and I was going to be in a position I didn't want to be," said Waples. "I was able to stay out of the real speed stuff at the start and it just worked out." L A Delight is co-owned and trained by Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has been undefeated since dropping her career debut and already has two OSS Gold victories to her name. "As bad as it sounds you kind of expect it out of Bob's barn because he gives you so many nice horses to drive," said Waples. "She's extremely fast and she's perfect gaited, but I guess the biggest thing is she has a real winning attitude." C S X Stables and Al McIntosh are also part of the filly's ownership group. L A Delight now has six wins from seven starts and earnings of $161,145. The clocking of 1:51.4 established a new career-best. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $3.30. L A Delight Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight are both eligible to next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The draw for the eliminations of both the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will take place this Tuesday. Mark McKelvie

JULY 17, 2015 - In their second straight Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack, Ontario's two-year-old pacing colts demonstrated their rapidly improving harness racing skills, with all six divisions clocked in 1:55.1 or quicker. Wild Chance kicked off the evening with an impressive effort that saw him power around the final turn in the outer lane and then dig in through the stretch for a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:54.1. The fan favourite bested Vegas Dream and Archangel Three. "He's a nice colt," said driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, who engineered the win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, ON and owners Wayne Eric Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB. "He has a great attitude, loves to race." Henry piloted Wild Chance to a runner-up finish in last week's Grassroots season opener and the Bettors Delight colt now boasts 75 points in the race for a post season berth, putting him in a three-way tie for top spot in the division standings. The $40,000 acquisition from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale has already returned $13,500 to his owners in his first two starts. Among the colts who also own a share of top spot is Derecho, who captured the second $18,000 division. Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou gave the Big Jim colt a confident steer, going straight to the front from Post 6 and cruising home a one and one-half length winner in 1:53.3. Continual Hanover and Gerries Sport closed hard to be second and third behind the favourite. Trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON shares ownership of Derecho with Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC and Jean Dessureault of Candiac, QC. The partners offered up $60,000 for the first foal $122,923 winner Stonebridge Breeze at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He's a nice colt, was always willing," said Jones, who piloted the colt to a runner-up finish in last week's Grassroots test. "And he's very intelligent." Derecho's victory was the first of three Christoforou would engineer in the Grassroots program, and the reinsman also captured one overnight event. His second visit to the winner's circle came in the third Grassroots split when favourite Blue Zombie was awarded the win after MC Squared went off stride at the wire and was placed from first back to second. The two colts hit the wire neck-and-neck in 1:55.1, three lengths ahead of St Lads Charger. "I hate to win by default, but a win's a win," said Cambridge, ON resident Casie Coleman, who trains Blue Zombie. "I'm really happy with him tonight. "He trained down just average. He's very lazy, just does what he has to, but he seems to be getting better each week," she added. Coleman shares ownership of the Bettors Delight gelding with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, and Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON. The $30,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale was third in last week's Grassroots opener and currently sits tied for second in the point race with 62. Tango Star was victorious in his first-ever start, sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-half length win over A Bettors Risk and Macaroni N Cheese. Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON engineered the 1:54.3 win for trainer Martin Lachance of Guelph, ON and owner Lachance Racing Stable of Millstone Twp, NJ. The Sportswriter colt was a $30,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Christoforou completed his Grassroots hat trick in the fifth division, going gate-to-wire with Baddestnbestest. The duo repelled a challenge from fan favourite Print Media and sailed home two and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:53.4. Print Media settled for second with Southwind Billy two more lengths back in third. Jacques Dupont of Repentigny, QC conditions Baddestnbestest for Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion Levesque 2005Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC and 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC. The partners acquired the son of Badlands Hanover and $255,464 winner Ultimate Best from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $36,000. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with California Sun, who stalked pacesetter The Big Beast through fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4 before swinging out in the stretch and sprinting away to a four length win in 1:54.4. The Big Beast settled for second, holding off Anarchy Hanover. Guelph resident Doug McNair crafted the pocket trip for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge. Dockside Stables LLC of Millstone, NJ and Shari Watchman of Farmingdale, NJ own California Sun, a Bettors Delight colt out of the great race mare Carolina Sunshine, who earned $1.3 million in her career. The colt was a $20,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Sale and finished fourth in last week's season opener. "He seemed to get a bit lost on the lead last week," noted O'Sullivan. "This week he appreciated having something to aim at." The two-year-old pacing colts will further their development in the third Grassroots event of the season at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. In the meantime their Gold Series peers return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, featured in Races 5 and 9 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Three months after moving to Campbellville after nearly 40 years in Peterborough, the veteran Ontario trainer’s Ontario-sired trotter Hemi Seelster pulled off a stunning 76-1 upset in the Goodtimes Stakes on the Pepsi North America Cup harness racing undercard.   Pepsi North America Cup Night was surreal for John Bax of Campbellville on a number of fronts. Not only did his Ontario-sired pupil Hemi Seelster pull off a stunning 76-1 upset in the $233,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes against top Grand Circuit horses, the veteran Ontario trainer then presented the trophy to himself. The Goodtimes, for sophomore trotting males, is named for Bax’s former trotting great, a longtime warrior in the open trot at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004 after earning more than $2 million on the track. Bax, 60, said he was numb as he headed for the winner’s circle on June 20 after the Goodtimes. “I just handed (the trophy) to my wife, Vicky. I was there to give it, so I certainly had no trouble standing on the other side and taking it,” Bax said, laughing. Adding to the surreal nature of the night, it took just five minutes for Bax to make the trip home after the races, rather than the usual two- or three-hour trek. In April, Bax moved to the site of the famed standardbred breeding outfit Glengate Farms in Campbellville that ceased breeding operations in 2005. Until April, Bax had been based in Peterborough for his entire 38-year training career — a stint in which he trained the winners of well more than $17 million (trainer records weren’t kept for the first 16 years of his career) and earned a berth in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. “I drove a lot down the road, wore out a lot of trucks,” Bax said. “There were nights when I was heading home at midnight and they’ve got the 401 shut down in the middle of Toronto and you’re sitting there until 1:30 or 2 in the morning trying to get through and back home.” Needing to be up at the crack of dawn to train his stable compounded the wear and tear on the trainer. “I figured it out that if I was coming (to Mohawk) five days a week in the summer, that’s 20 hours plus (on the road),” Bax said. Bax said the move to the west side of Toronto, and closer to Ontario’s most lucrative tracks, only made sense because his 25-year-old son, Matt, is also a trainer. John also credits Matt for Hemi Seelster being in the Goodtimes in the first place. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even realize at first that (Hemi Seelster) was in the Goodtimes. Matt slipped one by me. He was always high on him,” John said. “It’s his baby and he sometimes, in his youth, gets a little over-stimulated or high on a horse, whereas I’ve been down that road before.” Hemi Seelster, a son of Holiday Road out of Hollywood Beauty bred by Seelster Farms in Lucan, ON, was a $19,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale in London — the exact same price John paid for Goodtimes as a yearling in 1992. Hemi Seelster is owned by John, Matt, John Houston of Cobourg, ON and the Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. John Bax pegged the gelding as more of an Ontario Sires Stakes horse than a top stakes horses. In against 1-5 favourite Canepa Hanover and 3-1 second choice French Laundry — both from the powerful Jimmy Takter stable — John said he was hoping for a fifth-place cheque with Hemi Seelster in the Goodtimes. But when Canepa Hanover and later French Laundry broke stride, John said he began counting horses in front of Hemi Seelster. “I really wasn’t paying so much attention to who was in front of us so much as the number there were… I don’t know if I breathed down the stretch,” John said. It was the first victory for Hemi Seelster in seven starts this year. All of this comes on the heels of one of John’s best years in the business. In 2014, John trained the winners of some $1.6 million. Two of John’s trainees — two-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle and three-year-old trotting filly Riveting Rosie — earned O’Brien Awards as the top horses in their division in Canada. Only 2001, when John earned some $1.85 million, won a Breeders Crown with Duke Of York at Woodbine and earned the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year, was better, statistically, than last year. Beyond Goodtimes and Duke Of York ($900,000 lifetime), John has trained a long string of Ontario-sired trotting stars over his career, including: Define The World ($1.65 million), Charmed Life ($830,000), Northern Bailey ($775,000), Pepi Lavec ($650,000), Summer Indian ($435,000), Oaklea Odessa ($410,000), Oaklea Omega ($400,000), Elegant Supreme ($380,000) and Aimees Image ($230,000) Though Hemi Seelster is bound mostly for the Ontario Sires Stakes program this summer — of which John Bax is both a huge proponent and, historically, one of its most successful trainers — he said he might take a shot at the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Ontario-sired Stubborn Belle (Taurus Dream—Musetta Hanover) in August at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He said he hopes Ontario-sired Riveting Rosie (Muscle Mass—Rose De Vie Stena) can overcome allergy issues in time to race in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. For now, the trainer is happy to enjoy an easier commute, easy access to Mohawk Racetrack to train horses and Hemi Seelster’s surprising Goodtimes victory. “I suppose at the end of the day it makes that $1,000 or $2,000 entry fee a little more bearable. It gives you a little hope,” he said. Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing standardbrednews@ontariohorseracing.ca (519) 782-7178   Please visit: www.ontariohorseracing.ca

Dixieland Band clocked the fastest mile of the day at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon, crossing the finishing in 1:57.1 and capturing first place in one of two Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division events. The three-year-old American Gigolo colt was under the command of driver Gilles Barrieau, earning the winner's share of the $9380 purse for owners Reginald MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. Bngs Express (American Gigolo) took first place honours in the other 'A' division event in 1:59 with Danny Romo in the bike for owners Thomas Hawco and George Della Valle of Sydney, NS. Meanwhile Hog Aufray (Driven To Win) and driver Marc Campbell won the first of two $2500 'B' division events for owners Windemere Farms of North Wiltshire, PE and Claude Poirier of Havre-Aux-Maisons, QC. The three-year-old Western Paradise colt George and driver Clare MacDonald crossed the finish line first for owners Riley Farms and Earith Riley of Kensington, PE in the other 'B' division event. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes 'A' division event go towards earning a coveted spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving Weekend. Lynne MacLennan

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