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

ELORA, ON - In just his sixth year as a professional driver, James MacDonald of Guelph ranks among the best in Canada. He sits second in the nation in wins, is a close third in money and is on the verge of surpassing his best money year ever, the $2.9 million he earned in 2012. One of his biggest career victories came earlier this month when he won the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway with a 20-1 longshot named Win The Gold. "I've had a lot of good horses and a lot of good trainers use me, so that makes it easier." MacDonald is on an incredible roll in 2014. He kicked off the year getting married to Jenna MacDonell. Jenna is the daughter of veteran reinsman Paul Macdonell, the man best known for driving the incredible Somebeachsomewhere. "Paul's great and Jenna's even better," MacDonald said, laughing. A few months after getting married, James MacDonald surpassed $10 million in lifetime earnings and recorded his 1,000th career win. "It means quite a bit. I've been watching it for awhile," MacDonald said of the wins milestone. "You try and win as much as you can, but it's hard. There's nine, 10 people in every race trying to win and in Ontario it's not easy to win races. There are so many good drivers around. Just to know that you've been able to achieve 1,000 is kind of special." James is the third MacDonald brother to reach the upper echelons of the sport. James, Anthony and Mark MacDonald have won more than 9,000 races and $100 million combined. Mark MacDonald is a two-time Canadian driver of the year. James said it all starts with their parents, Fred and Gail MacDonald, back in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. "Our family's great. Dad and mom, they watch every race and they call after," James said. "Whether you're up the track or win, you're the best driver in the world. They're great and Mark and Anthony they're great, too. All our brothers. They all watch, they all call. "Mark, if he sees me do something, or Anthony sees me do something they're the first people to give good constructive criticism, so it makes it that much easier, for sure." Constructive? Brothers are able to do constructive? "Somewhat. It starts off as constructive and usually ends up in a fight," James said, laughing. "But, deep down I know it was meant well." James said the Ontario track that most reminds him of home is Grand River Raceway in Elora. "It's a great track to race at. The grandstand sits right on the track. The fans are lined up at the fence to watch. It's just a really friendly place to race at." To hear our conversation with James MacDonald - including what sport he beats his brothers at every time - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway by Dave Briggs for Grand River Raceway  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - On Monday evening, harness racing driver Doug McNair recorded his 2,000 career driving victory at Mohawk Racetrack with the three-year-old pacer Eastender. McNair, a resident of Guelph, Ontario, entered the evening two wins away from reaching the 2,000 win plateau. In the evening's third race, McNair picked up his 1,999th victory with Youre Majestic in a $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for two-year-old trotting fillies. McNair would then reach the milestone in the final race of the night with the three-year-old gelding, Eastender, who is trained by his father Gregg. Over the last few years, McNair has been consistently among the top drivers on the WEG circuit and has quickly become one of the top young reinsman in the entire sport. At the age of 18, Doug became the youngest driver in the history of harness racing to reach $1 million in career earnings In December of 2010, McNair became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 wins, reaching the milestone at Western Fair Raceway just weeks before his 21st birthday. This season, Doug is sixth in the WEG driver's standings with 90 wins and over $1.6 million in earnings. In total this season, McNair has made 129 trips to the winner's circle and has earnings exceeding $2.4 million. In his young career, Doug has competed in and won many of the sport's top events. Races such as the Battle of Waterloo, Confederation Cup and She's A Great Lady are just some of the major stakes victories on McNair's resume. Just this past Saturday night, McNair recorded a Grand Circuit driving victory at Mohawk by steering Solar Sister to victory in the $77,745 Eternal Camnation Stakes. McNair is currently in his seventh full season of driving and in that time period has career earnings of just less than $27 million. Doug reaches the 2,000 win mark at the age of 24. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Doug on the accomplishment and wish him continued success on his journey to 3,000 wins. Mark McKelvie

August 17, 2014 - M G Idole has found a new favourite harness racing track…Dresden Raceway. The six-year-old Million Dollar Cam mare won her fourth in a row at the Southwestern Ontario half mile track. Nick Steward, Dresden’s leading dash driver made his move early and made the front just after the quarter and never looked back pacing by the half in 1:00.4, three quarters in 1:30.1 before stepping off a last quarter in 29.1 for the victory in 1:59.2. Todd Kennedy of McGregor is the owner and trainer. Dresden continues to be a success story after an 11th hour drive to keep the doors open. Fans were treated to 200 dozen ears fresh, hot buttered corn on the cob today as well as several giveaways of pizza, prizes and t-shirts. Today’s handle was $21, 425 which is an increase of 111% over last year on the same date. Overall on the season wagering is up 74% over the same dates last year. TRACK TIDBITS…TRIPLE THREAT…Nick Steward and Alfie Carroll each picked up three winners on the day… DASHING YOUNG MAN…Steward is the leading Dash Winner at Dresden with 22 wins in eight days… JUNIOR SPEED...JUNIOR PRIDE was the fastest horse of the day pacing the mile in 1:57 flat… SHOW ME THE MONEY…The largest payout of the day was the 4-7-9 combination in the third race paying $602.00 Gary Patterson   

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 15 - Hope For Paddy pulled off a large 35-1 upset in the Fillies and Mares Preferred pace Friday night at Mohawk. A field of seven harness racing mares, highlighted by the 2014 debut of last year's three-year-old pacing filly of the year I Luv The Nitelife, lined up for the $30,000 feature race. I Luv The Nitelife, who has been sidelined since last November with a knee fracture, was sent straight to the lead by driver Jack Moiseyev and got to call the shots throughout the mile. After setting fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.3, I Luv The Nitelife was confronted at the three-quarter pole by the first up challenge of Hope For Paddy and driver James MacDonald. In the stretch, Hope For Paddy overtook the lead from I Luv The Nitelife and held off second place finisher American In Paris, who was towed around the final turn second over, and third place finisher Voelz Hanover, who got a two-hole trip behind I Luv The Nitelife, to pick up the victory in 1:50.4. I Luv The Nitelife faded back finishing fifth, while D Gs Pesquero rounded out the Superfecta in fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Mach Three - Hope For Life, the Preferred upset was the sixth win in 22 starts this season for Hope For Paddy and it was her first career victory at the Preferred level. Hope For Paddy is trained by Anthony Montini for owners Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Hope For Paddy's seasonal earnings increase to over $81,000 with the victory and her career earnings now sit at over $363,000. The Preferred score was Hope For Paddy's 23rd career visit to the winner's circle. She returned an eye-catching $80.30 to win. Live racing continues tomorrow night at Mohawk with a 13-race card beginning at 7:25 p.m. Tomorrow night's card features three divisions of both the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. Mark McKelvie

It's finally here, the one day a year that racing fans around the world gather at Red Shores Charlottetown for one of the greatest shows in harness racing, The Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. With fans lined along the fence and not an empty seat in the house, the fastest and richest Gold Cup and Saucer will be contested for a purse of $ 75,000. To most it's not a lot of money, but to the people trying to win it, it's not about the money.   It's about the show.   When the lights go down on Saturday night, the only thing to be seen is the Farris Wheel in the distance, but once that spot light picks up the first starter, Wazzup Wazzup, Saturday night, not a single person at Red Shores Charlottetown will be sitting, and every person will have chill roll down their spine as track announcer Vance Cameron rhymes off every horse, driver and trainers credentials.   Leaving from Post 1 is the six-year-old son of Life Sign, a winner of 21 races lifetime and a lifetime record of 1:49 taken two starts ago at Mohawk, He is owned by the Rolling Hill Racing Stable of Ontario. Trainer Corey Johnson will look to follow in his father Colin's footsteps and take home his first Gold Cup and Saucer trophy. James MacDonald, an Island native of P.E.I. will return home in hopes of making his boyhood dream of winning the Gold Cup and Saucer a reality. Wazzup Wazzup was a fourth place finisher after a break passing the five-eights in his trial.   Trial 2 winner Aracache Hanover has drawn into post 2. The richest horse in this year's field, he has over $1.7 million in career earnings. He is owned by William Switala and James Martin of New York. Trainer Ron Burke is back to defend his title from last year when he set the track record with Escape The News in 1:50.4. He will entrust in the Maritimes leading driver Marc Campbell, as he looks to make it back-to-back Gold Cup and Saucers. 'King Campbell' will look to do so after sweeping both trials this year.   Post 3 starter is one of three entries from the Rene Allard stable, a winner two back in a lifetime best 1:48.3, Bigtown Hero will be upset minded on Saturday night for his owners Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin of Quebec. Newfoundland native Brad Forward has been given the catch-driving call on the six-year-old son of American Ideal. Bigtown Hero finished second to Aracache Hanover in his trial.   Chris Oakes will look to make his first trip to red soil a successful one. He has two entries in this year's final, Scott Rocks, has drawn post 4. The four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has a lifetime record of 1:48.3, and has 12 wins in only two seasons of racing. He is owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey of Pennsylvania, Jonathan Drury has been here the last two year's looking to win his first Cup and Saucer, he will do the driving. Scott Rocks finished third in his trial pacing a mile in 1:52.   Island Jet, a winner of 14 races lifetime and just shy of $150 ,000 in career earnings has been saddled with post 5. The four-year-old son of Jeremes Jet is the second entry from the Allard barn. He is owned by Allard Racing, Maurice Lemieux of Quebec, Kapildeo Singh of New York and Howard Taylor of Pennsylvania. Another Island native, Robert Shepherd, will look to make his boyhood dream become reality when he reunites with his third place finished from Trial 1.   The second entrant from the Burke Brigade, Take It Back Terry has a lifetime record of 1:50 and over $380,000 on his resume. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura, He will pick up the driving services of the 'Maritime Magic Man' Gilles Barrieau, as he looks to move into soul possession of second place for most Gold Cup and Saucer wins as a driver, winning Saturday night would give him 4. 'Terry' finished second in his trial 2 appearance.   Hauser Bros Racing, Susan Oakes, Timothy Cable and Charles Oakes will place their faith in the seven-entry Shock It To Em. A four-year-old son of Western Terror, he has 15 lifetime victories and a record of 1:49 taken earlier this season. Trained by Chris Oakes he will hand the lines to the veteran driver of the field, Island native Walter Cheverie. He was a third place finisher in Trial 1 last Saturday night.   The trial two winner and now co-track record holder Mickey Hanover has drawn the dreaded outside post 8. A winner in 1:50.4 on Monday, he tied Escape The News' track record from last year. Owned by Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin and Daniel Dubé, he has a lifetime mark of 1:49.1 and over $ 350, 000 lifetime. Allard has been coming to P.E.I. since 2009 trying to win the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer trophy, after his trial 2 victory Allard said each year he keeps getting closer and closer. A winner of the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug and North American Cup, co-owner Daniel Dubé will travel to P.E.I. hoping to add a Gold Cup and Saucer to his long list of achievements.   On Paper, if everything sets up right a track record is quite possible, but only one thing is for sure heading into Saturday night, Red Shores' Charlottetown is the place to be. The Gold Cup and Saucer is featured in the Race 14 finale.   Open Mares - Premiers Pace headline Cup and Saucer undercard   Nine of the best mares that the Maritimes have to offer will line up in Race 13 to contest for the $ 12,250 Spud Island Classic sponsored by the PEI Potato Board.   Winning both legs of the series, Russian Kisses has drawn post 2 in the final, a four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover she is owned by Robert Shepherd, Joseph Travis and Forrest Bartlett, Robert will do the driving for his trainer Harold Shepherd. She was a winner in leg one in 1:55 and followed that up with a 1:56.3 score for driver Steven Shepherd.   A winner in Leg 1 Stayoutofmyaffiar has drawn post 6 for owner Robi Hughes, Last year's Atlantic Aged Mare Champion won her first leg in 1:55.1 and then followed it up with a second place finish pacing in 1:57.2. Jason Hughes does the training and driving.   Last year's Spud Island Classic winner, Dirt Track Momma is back to defend her title from Post 4. The six-year-old E Dees Cam mare is owned and trained by Jonah Moase, she finished second in the second leg to secure her spot in the final. Marc Campbell will do the driving. Moase will also send out the nine-horse trailer Silky Brithces, also a second place finisher in the second leg, Dale Spence will do the driving   Two-time Spud Island Classic champion made it four years in a row that she has won a leg of the series when she won her second leg in 1:57.1., General Luckypercy is owned by Jodi Lynn Matheson and Jack Brown, a mainstay in the open mares ranks for the last four years, she is trained by Jackie Matheson. Saturday night she will get the services of Daniel Dubé from Post 3. Her stablemate and this years Lobsterfest winner For All We Know draws post 7 for owner Bruce Wood, a winner in leg 2 in 1:56.2 For All We Know comes in with a no worst then second record in her last 5, The Matheson- Gilles Barrieau connection will hook up to try and get her into the winner circle.   Ultimate Faith has put together some stellar numbers this season and seems to have made the jump into the open mare ranks this season, a winner in leg 1, Ultimate Faith is owned by Abel Arsenault, Philip Desroches does the training on the seven-year-old daughter of N Xample. Mike Stevenson will do the driving from Post 5.   National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis has drawn the rail with his own trainee Icandothat for owner Danica Ellis, the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare finished third in both of legs of the series. The outside post 8 goes to another open mare mainstay over the past four years, J K Special, A second place finisher in the first leg for owner - trainer Joe Smallwood, driver Walter Cheverie will look to get the ball rolling before his Gold Cup and Saucer drive in the finale.   The race 12 Premiers Pace final plays host to the best free-for-all horses the Maritimes have to offer.   A pair of winners in both legs of the Premiers Pace series will hook up and do battle, side-by-side.   Post 3 starter D Gs Camme heads into Saturday night, hot as a fire cracker. He has picked up victories in his last three, including a 1:53 victory setting a new track record at Red Shores' Summerside in the Governor's Plate. He followed that up with a 1:53.4 score in the first leg of the series at Summerside and then a 1:55.3 win by three lengths. The four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall is owned by Quentin and Hal Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson, Jackie Matheson handles the training duties and will hand the lines over to Barrieau for the fifth consecutive week.   From post 4 is the six-year-old son of Camluck, owned by the Ultimate Stable, after drawing 6,6,6,8 and 6 in his last five, Ultimate Luck has finally lucked out at the draw. A winner of two-in-a-row for trainer Sifroi Melanson. He picked up both victories in the Premiers Pace series, the first coming in leg one in 1:55 and then in 1:55.2 last week. Terry Gallant did the driving in both starts and will be back in the bike again to try and extend the streak to three.   Red Rock has drawn the coveted rail in the $15, 000 final, a new edition for the ownership group of Donald, Brian and Steven MacRae and Melissa Trainor, the red horse has four starts on red soil and five on maritime soil, in those five starts he hasn't missed a cheque and missed the top three only one time. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes does the training and driving. Modern Xhibit, Schooner, Judge Jon, Cheyenne Ford and Machinthesand round out the field.   Two Gold divisions of the Joe O'Brien for three-year-old pacing colts go in Races 3 and 5. Settlement Request has been enrolled as the morning line favourite from Post 3 in Race 3. Owned by Alfred Barrieau and Michael Clinton, Gilles Barrieau does the training and driving. The son of Coasttocoast Yankee will look to push his bankroll well over $40,000 with a victory in the $11,000 race. Island Gigolo, J Ps Warrior, Dumas Walker, Rebelseven and Wine To Go complete the field.   A pair of Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A' division winners from Monday will hook up and do battle in the fifth race. Arties Magic, Post 4, gets the slight advantage in post position for owners Windemere Farms and Clive Balderston. Earl Watts trains the son of Articulator and Todd Trites will drive. Tobins Fusion is the other winner from Monday, he draws Post 5 for the Boyd Macdonald Produce LTD and Dan Ross. Barrieau handles both the training and driving duties on the son of Western Paradise.   Say It Again Sam will put his double digit win streak on the line in the race 11 Norman MacPhail Memorial pace. Undefeated this season, the three-year-old Well Said gelding has been untouchable since coming to the Maritimes. He is owned by Foxyhall Racing, and Jason Hughes does the training and driving. Eagle Jolt, Junebugs Baby, Kass Hall, Pan Larceny and Dance Hanover will look to halt the streak at 10.   Reminder to race fans that racing action gets underway at 6:45 p.m. Bo Ford

The third time's a charm for The Art Museum. At least that's how it's shaping up for the harness racing pacing broodmare. Her third foal is Artspeak, who has started his career with three consecutive wins, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Artspeak, a son of stallion Western Ideal, races in the third of three Nassagaweya Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacers Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He heads to Canada off a 2-1/2 length win in 1:50.4 in a conditioned race Aug. 1 at the Meadowlands. No 2-year-old pacer has gone faster this season. "The mare's been knocking on the door and maybe this is the one that's going to make her a little more prolific," said Tony Alagna, who trains Artspeak. "It's too early to tell, but he's done everything we asked him to do so far. Now he'll go from the Jersey breds to open company, but he was very good in his last start at the Meadowlands. Saturday night we'll know more." Alagna is quite familiar with The Art Museum and her racing-aged offspring. The Art Museum was in the stable of trainer Erv Miller, where Alagna worked prior to starting his own barn, but never made it to the races because of an injury. Yet she made an impression. "She was a great gaited mare with a great pedigree and I had a feeling at some point she was going to throw something decent," Alagna said. "The first two foals were close, but not what this one has been. He seems like he'll be the best one the mare's had so far." The Art Museum's first foal, the filly Acquavella, at age 2 won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second in a division of the Reynolds Memorial, but struggled with health issues. Her second foal, the now 3-year-old colt Fort Knox, last season finished second to Luck Be Withyou in a Champlain Stakes division and has earned $65,241. "Acquavella was meant to be a top filly," Alagna said. "She had some health problems and never reached her full potential. I thought she was meant to be a really good filly, so I went back the next year and bought Fort Knox. He's a nice horse, but just couldn't go to the next level. Artspeak looks like he's got all the tools to be a top horse." Purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's family also includes 2007 Meadowlands Pace winner Southwind Lynx. Artspeak is owned by co-breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Artspeak is the 4-5 morning line favorite in his division of the Nassagaweya, starting from post eight with driver Scott Zeron. His division includes Battle of Waterloo runner-up Sporting The Look, plus Some Power, Read The Proposal, and Pierce Hanover. Some Power sold for $270,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Way Bay Hanover. His family includes Dan Patch Award winner Popcorn Penny and he is a half-brother to stakes-winners Westwardho Hanover and Woodstock Hanover. Read The Proposal is a full brother to stakes-winners Lucky Bettor, Bettor B Lucky, and Bet On Luck. Pierce Hanover is a full brother to stakes-winner Passmaster Hanover and top open performer Philos Hanover in addition to being a half-brother to stakes-winner Panther Hanover. Artspeak is among four horses from Alagna's stable competing in the Nassagaweya divisions. Edison -- whose family includes millionaires Delinquent Account, Artiscape, and Western Shore -- is in the first division while Trading Up and Rock On The Hill are in the second split. For many of the horses in the Nassagaweya, it is either a final prep for the upcoming Metro Pace at Mohawk, or an audition. "Myron Bell picked (Edison) out of the catalog because he's got a phenomenal pedigree and he's really started to come into himself his last couple starts," Alagna said, referring to co-owner Brittany Farms' racing manager. "Rock On The Hill was much improved his last start. I want to give him a shot to see if he's ready to go in the Metro, and if he's not, we'll skip it. But he's a horse on the improve. Trading Up was very sick his last start at The Meadows. He was loaded with mucous. We'll see if he fits in, as well. "It's a lot better to spend the $1,500 starting fee in the Nassagaweya to see how you fit compared to the starting fee in the Metro." The first Nassagaweya division also features Dream Maker Series champion The Wayfaring Man, as well as Late Night, who is a half-brother to millionaire Real Nice, and Asap Hanover, whose family includes multiple Dan Patch Award winner Eternal Camnation. Mohawk hosts a stakes event in Eternal Camnation's honor earlier on Saturday's card. Battle of Waterloo winner Go Daddy Go is in the second division, which also includes Badix Hanover, who is a full brother to millionaire Big Jim. Alagna also has three horses in Saturday's Eternal Camnation divisions for 2-year-old female pacers - Bedroomconfessions, Cashaway, and A Plus. In addition, two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous is in the preferred pace. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

The $ 20,000 harness racing James Roach MacGregor Memorial will line up behind the gate in the race 12 finale on Friday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Post-time is 7 p.m. The field of six, features four Gold Cup and Saucer trial starters that didn't qualify for the $75, 000 final and two others. The millionaire pacer Up The Credit has drawn into Post 2 for trainer - driver Carl Jamieson. The six-year-old Western Terror stallion finished fifth in his trial, pacing his mile in 1:53.1 for Ryan Ellis. The former winner of the $ 1.5 million North American Cup as a three-year-old is owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Mach Wheel has drawn the coveted rail as he takes his stab at the lions share of the $ 20,000 purse. He was also a fifth place finisher in his Gold Cup and Saucer trial, pacing his own mile in 1:53 for owner - trainer Shane Arsenault. He was a winner two starts back at Grand River Raceway in 1:54.2. Island native Paul Mackenzie will do the driving. The brother duo of trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Robert Shepherd will send out Duke Did It from post 4. He was a disappointing sixth in his trial which came one start after setting the track record at Truro Raceway in 1:53.2, his win streak was halted at four too. Owned by Ivan Petersheim, the nine-year-old son of Bettors Delight will look to regain form on Friday night. The only Maritime owned horse in this year's Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Astor, has drawn Post 5 in the compact field of six. He finished sixth in his Trial for Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS. Jason Hughes does the training and driving. One of the stars on the Maritime Free-for-all scene, Astor will look to show his Ontario invaders what P.E.I. is all about. Blissfull Bro (post 3) and Windfall Blue Chip (post 6), round out the field for the MacGregor memorial. The top three-year-old fillies the Maritimes have to offer will be on display Friday night in two Gold divisions of the Lady Slipper. Last year's top filly looks to be regaining her form heading into her $12, 700 Gold divisions, Saulsbrook Alana has drawn into post 6 in Race 9. The daughter of Western Paradise has back-to-back 1:56 and change victories for owner Reg MacPherson and trainer Kevin MacLean. The winner of just shy of $ 80,000 lifetime will get the services of Marc Campbell. Her bridesmaid last week, Absolootly Hot draws into post 3 for the Dooley Boys Racing Stable and Scott Hubbard. She paced her mile in 1:56.4 beaten only a length-and-a-quarter by Saulsbrook Alana. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is trained by Earl Watts. Kenny Arsenault will do the driving for the second straight start. I C Anastro, Sea Anna Win, Pictonian Sareta, Babies Gigolo, Libertys Gig and Dusty Lane Dora round out the full-filed of eight. The 2014 Maritime Breeders champion Lovineveryminute will look to dethrone the winner of four-in-a-row Elm Grove Inarush. Lovineveryminute draws into post 5 for the River Valley Management, Windemere Farms and Lana Murphy. She has just shy of $ 60,000 in lifetime earnings. Earl Watts does the training while Todd Trites will handle the driving. Elm Grove Inarush will look to extend her win streak to five from Post 3, her last two victories have come in a career best 1:55.3 for driver Mark Bradley. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee is owned by Blaine Thibeau, Eddy Doucette, Gordon Macleod and Grant Mann, Doucette does the training. Mackenzie will handle the driving duties as he looks to take the late double with her and Mach Wheel. Brickyard Val, Fleurje, Briannas Angel, Bettim Jenny, Outrageous Spirit and Sail Through round out the field. The P.E.I Trotting Series Final sponsored by the PEIHRIA will line up behind the starting gate in Race 7 for a purse of $ 10, 700. Eight of the best trotters the Maritimes have to offer will contest for the largest purse they will race for this season. Zip The Lip has drawn the rail position for owner Orville Willis and Donald Sweet, fresh off of a victory in the second leg, the Sweet trainee will get the Brian MacPhee in the bike. The aged veteran of the field, the 14-year-old Abundaspin will leave from post 3, The richest starter in the field with over $477, 000 in lifetime earnings the Harold Shepherd trainee will get son Robert in the bike. Frill Seeker has drawn Post 4, after a break, a win, a break and a win since coming to P.E.I, his owners the Ebbslfeet Stables will hope the streak stays in-tacked for this week. Kenny Arsenault does the training at the driving. Beer Maggs, Pleasure Girls, Lyrical Lindy, Majian Dillon and Mopey Corey round out the field. Bo Ford

ELORA, ON - On August 18, Grand River Raceway kicks off the first of 12 elimination legs in which players vie for a spot in the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC). The free on-track contest runs Monday and Wednesday race nights from August 18 through September 24. Each night, the top five finishers win cash prizes and the top 10 finishers advance to the Semifinals at Grand River Raceway on September 29. The winner of the Semifinals earns a spot in the $50,000 WHHC at The Meadowlands Racetrack in April 2015, plus $2,000 for travel and lodging. Contestants in each elimination leg must select the winners of races two through seven at Grand River Raceway. A hypothetical $2 win and $2 place wager is applied to each selection, and the highest bankrolls win. In all, the contest offers $3,600 in cash and prizes. Complete rules and regulations:  Kelly Spencer

The Wal and Joe Hennessey memorial is set to headline the 12-dash harness racing card on Thursday night at Red Shores' Charlottetown. Post time is 7 p.m. Six horses will contest in this year's Wal and Joe Hennessey, it has become a landmark race of Old Home Week and this year is sure to be no different. Fresh off pacing a mile in 1:55.4 Narragansett has been enlisted as the morning line choice in the signature event. Owned by Foxyhall Racing, the five-year-old gelding has four victories on the year. A finalist in this year's Governor's Plate, the Jason Hughes trainee draws into post 5 in the compact field of six. Hughes will handle the driving duties. Newcomer Camstock Lode has drawn the rail for new owner Dr James Shive of Nova Scotia, He comes to red soil from Monticello, a half-mile oval in New York. He was a winner two starts back in 1:55.3. The seven-year-old Cams Fortune gelding is now trained by Dr. Trevin Shive. National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis will do the driving off of the rail. Oakmont, Bonnys Mac, Carrera Angel and Sa Summers Luck complete the compact field of six. The Shive connection will look are also in action one race prior in the tenth race, Officially Rusty will put his three race win streak on the line against a stiff group of competition. The three-year-old Art Official gelding picked up his last victory in truro, a 1:57.3 score for driver Ryan Ellis. Ellis will be back in the sulky Thursday night. Perfect Escape has drawn post 2 for owners Jack Keenan and Joseph Dahl, the five-year-old McArdle gelding comes into the race showing two miles in 1:55.4. He drops back after not qualifying for the final of the Premiers Pace on Saturday night. Jackie Matheson trains, while Marc Campbell will pick up the catch-driving call after Gilles Barrieau committed to the rail horse Panacotta. Tempo Seelster, Pictonian Walton and Unstoppable Speed round out the power packed field. Bo Ford

Dresden, August 13, 2014 -- The Dresden Raceway's new Hall of Fame will honour Malcolm MacPhail as its first inductee in a ceremony during the harness racing track's Aug. 24 Dresden Derby card. MacPhail, an 82-year-old farmer from Dover Centre, Ont., has been a fixture at Dresden Raceway since 1972 as an owner, trainer and long-term Ontario Harness Horse Association director, who also served two terms as the association's president. Some of his most important work may have come in August of 2013 when he steadfastly refused to vacate the Dresden barns when asked to do so by Winrac Development Inc., the Windsor-based company that managed the track at the time. "I said, 'I'm not moving out.' If the Agricultural Society and the horsemen had decided to close the place, then fine. But somebody in Windsor wasn't going to close it without me fighting over it," MacPhail said. "I think Winrac just figured we'd just pick up and leave. I just said I wasn't moving and that's all there was to it... Winrac was ready to get out of the barn part of the operation. They just wanted to shut it down and keep taking the money out of the slots and forget about the racetrack part and the grandstand. Something had to be done." Lucille Laprise, the president of the Dresden Agricultural Society said MacPhail's stand not only emboldened others still stabling at the track to stay, it directly influenced the Ag. Society's decision to return to operating the track for the first time since 1997. "We said, 'If he is that adamant about staying and if he's willing to fight the fight, then we should be side by side,'" Laprise said. Dresden Raceway is currently nearing the end of its 11-race 2014 meet that will conclude Sept. 1 with its traditional Labour Day card featuring the Shelly Goudreau Memorial. Raceway manager Greg Blanchard said attendance has been strong this summer and handle is up over 40 per cent over 2013. "We're just happy that now we have so many more horses in the barns," Laprise said. "The racetrack itself has improved. We've been doing some painting and some sprucing up and everything else. Everybody seems happy. That's the thing. People are encouraging and people from the community and all over come and they tap you on the shoulder and they say, 'Oh, we're so glad the Ag Society's taken this over. Anything we can do to help you, don't hesitate.'" When it came time to decide which person to honour with the first berth in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame, Laprise said it was a short discussion. "Malcolm has just been a really big influence on all of us over the years. He's been really pushing for us to take back the racing and bring it back to Dresden the way it's supposed to be," Laprise said. "It's just the right thing. He's the right man at this time." MacPhail's longtime friend and former OHHA colleague Dr. Ted Clarke, the general manager of Grand River Raceway, said MacPhail is "one of those people that is really committed to racing and supporting standardbred racing participants. He has demonstrated just a tenacious commitment to racing. He has the unique ability to be both very committed and also a realist, seeing things as they are and acting accordingly. He is fair minded, honest as the day is long and embodies those qualities that I certainly admire greatly in a person who takes a position and is prepared to hold to it and has the courage of his conviction to see things through." MacPhail joked he's being inducted, "because I've been around there the longest," but, in truth, he said he is touched by the honour despite his four decades of work to keep racing in Dresden being "just a matter of doing what had to be done. Somebody had to do it." A farmer since the age of 16, MacPhail's lifelong love of horses led him into the standardbred game in 1972 when he bought a load of hay at an auction in Dorchester. He sold some of the hay to horseman Bert Madill and took a half-share in a racehorse as payment. That horse was a dud, but MacPhail was hooked. His third horse was a J R Bret pacer named Hot Spurs Honour, who as a two-year-old in 1974 made approximately $28,000 in the inaugural year of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program. MacPhail's next good one was a Blaze Pick colt named Young Blaze who made $211,206 lifetime and raced at the Meadowlands for three years. MacPhail owned the colt with his brother, Bob. Apart from helping his nephew, son and brother farm some 400 acres of cash crops, MacPhail still has three racehorses - one racing at Dresden, one racing at Mohawk and a third that's turned out at the moment. "It's been good to me, the horse business," MacPhail said. MacPhail will be honoured during the same Aug. 24 card in which the inaugural Dresden Derby will be staged and prizes will be awarded to the patrons with the best hats. On this weekend's Aug. 17 card, Dresden Raceway will have a free corn giveaway as part of its Dresden Business Improvement Association Day. The Aug. 31 card will be Kids Day, before the season draws to a close on Sept. 1. "I don't know how you can beat it," MacPhail said. "On a Sunday afternoon or on a Holiday Monday you can come out and watch a few races. It doesn't cost you anything to get in. If you want a hot dog or something, you buy it. If you want to bet a bit, you bet. It's just a little entertainment." By Dave Briggs for Dresden Raceway

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 8 - Spirit To Win turned the tables on Southwind Champane in leg two of the Pure Ivory Series Monday night at Mohawk. A field of five lined up to contest the $12,000 second leg of the trotting series for harness racing two-year-old fillies. Southwind Champane, the leg one winner, trotted out to the early lead, with Spirit To Win, the runner-up in leg one, following close behind in second. After setting fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2, 1:31.1, Southwind Champane and driver Steve Byron were challenged by Spirit To Win and driver Chris Christoforou for the stretch drive. Spirit To Win overtook the lead part way down the lane and cruised to victory in 1:58.2. Southwind Champane made a break late in the stretch and through the wire, but despite going off stride still finished second. Elegant Serenity, who finished third, was the only trotter of the other three starters not to make a break. The leg two victory was the second win in three starts for Spirit To Win and was a new career best. The daughter of Cantab Hall - Celebrity Spirit is trained by Dustin Jones for owners Frederick Hertrich and Noblock Racing Stable. Spirit To Win was a $35,000 yearling purchase last fall at the Harrisburg Sale. She paid $3.40 to win. The $45,800 final of the Pure Ivory Series will take place next Monday night (August 18) at Mohawk.   Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

This Week: Review Stakes, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Ill.; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Joe Gerrity final, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ont.; and Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Monday (Aug. 11) at the Illinois State Fair with the $35,900 Review Stake for 2-year-old trotters, the $21,450 Review Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $18,800 Review Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Tuesday (Aug. 12) program features the $30,500 Review Stake for 3-year-old pacers and the $28,600 Review Stake for 3-year-old trotters. The Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing on Wednesday (Aug. 13) with the feature being the $55,462 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $36,080 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $26,920 2-year-old colt pace, the $26,632 2-year-old filly pace, the $25,928 2-year-old filly trot and the $22,404 2-year-old colt trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $36,028 3-year-old colt pace, the $33,664 3-year-old filly pace, the $32,728 3-year-old filly trot and the $32,156 3-year-old colt trot. Then on Friday (Aug. 15), Northfield Park will host the $400,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers and a $100,000 (est.) consolation in the same event. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host the C$60,000 (est.) Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers on Saturday (Aug. 16) and a C$20,000 (est.) consolation on Friday (Aug. 15). Also on Saturday, Saratoga Casino and Raceway will feature the $260,000 Joe Gerrity for open pacers and Mohawk Racetrack will contest the C$245,000 (est.) Nassagaweya for 2-year-old colt pacers and the C$215,000 (est.) Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (Aug. 17) at Tioga Downs with Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, as well as the 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. These events carry purses estimated from $53,000 for the 3-year-old filly pacers to $85,000 for the freshman colt trotters. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, paced the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational on Friday (Aug. 8). Sweet Lou defeated stablemate Bettor's Edge in 1:47.2 in the Dan Patch. In a talented group of nine, Pierce sent Sweet Lou away from the gate firing, but stablemate Bettor's Edge and Ricky Macomber Jr. were quickest off the car and reached the opening panel in a speedy :25. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman were well-placed In The Pocket second with the 1-5 favorite, Sweet Lou, next in line in third. Pierce, sensing the outer flow starting to form, gave Sweet Lou the green light and he easily reached the front at the second station in a blazing :52.4. Heston Blue Chip and Corey Callahan had the daunting task of beginning the first-over charge down the backside and had reached the leader's wheel at the three-quarter mark in 1:20.1. With the torrid pace taking its toll, Bettor's Edge and Sweet Lou settled into a match race and paced away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.1 final panel, Sweet Lou was able to hold off his stablemate by a half-length to score his ninth win of the season and first Dan Patch Invitational win. Bettor's Edge was a game second while Carol's Comet finished third as the longest shot on the board at 53-1. Sweet Lou returned $2.40 to his backers at the window. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou won for the 31st time in 67 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. The victory pushed his career earnings over $3 million to $3,033,961. The 5-year-old has now paced a record six consecutive winning miles under 1:48. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 646; 2. Tim Tetrick - 502; 3. Ron Pierce - 369; 4. David Miller - 290; 5. Brian Sears - 245.   Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,016.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 529; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 189; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 172. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 233.05; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 211.8; 3. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 112; 5. Knutsson Trotting - 105. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Mohawk Racetrack and Tioga Downs. Mohawk Racetrack with contest eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, the Metro for 2-year-old colt pacers and the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers on Saturday (Aug. 23). The Sunday (Aug. 24) card at Tioga Downs will offer eliminations for the Cane Pace for 3-year-olds and the second leg of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

What a difference a week has made in the Horse Racing New Brunswick year long harness racing handicapping contest.   After week number twelve ( 12 ) there is a new leader who has leap-frogged into first place. Rose Doyle had an outstanding week, earning $ 30.70 for her wagers which puts her in first.   Her new total after week twelve is $ 186.50.   Adam Saunders has also made a bold move into the number two slot. He has now earned $ 178.00 while last week's leader, Brad MacPherson drops to third with a total of $ 174.90.   Also of note, Kayden Buchanan is just eighty-cents behind Saunders in fourth place. Next leg will be hosted on Saturday, August 23rd at Exhibition Park Raceway.   This week's co-winners of Horse Player Interactive prizes are Rose Doyle and Adam Saunders. Both had an identical week's total with $ 30.70 as they both selected the same horses.   Horse Racing New Brunswick reminds patrons, there is no racing this coming Saturday.   Rose Doyle              186.50 Adam Saunders      178.00 Brad MacPherson   174.90 Kayden Buchanan   174.10 Jenn Ritchie              126.70 Bruce Smith                93.50 Wayne Hubbard         45.30 Roy Flowers               31.00 Dale Spence Sr         18.60   Scott Waddell

Charlottetown, PE - Only four tickets remain to the big dance at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night. Those tickets will be punched Monday night when Trial 2 for the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer lines up behind the gate in the race 12 finale. Harness racing post time is 7 pm. Trainer Ron Burke will look to sweep both trials with Take It Back Terry from the rail. Aracache Hanover picked up the victory in Trial 1 for Burke and driver Marc Campbell in 1:51.4. The Burke Brigade will turn to Gilles Barrieau to do the driving on Monday night. Take It Back Terry was a winner two starts back at Yonkers (half-mile) in 1:51.2. Trainer Corey Johnson makes his first start on Red Soil in Trial 2 with the 5-2 morning line favourite Wazzup Wazzup. Already a fan favourite on P.E.I. for his name, he has drawn into post 5. Islander James MacDonald will return home from Ontario to try and punch his ticket into the 55th running of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer. Wazzup Wazzup picked up a new lifetime mark in his last start winning at Mohawk (seven-eights) in 1:49. Rene Allard will lock down a third spot in the Gold Cup. He finished second and fourth in Trial 1 with Bigtown Hero and Island Jet, while Mickey Hanover will take his shot from Post 4 in Trial 2. Allard will turn the lines over to Saturday nights winning driver 'King Campbell', Anthony Macdonald was scheduled to drive but has commitments in Ontario. Mickey Hanover finished sixth in his last start but had a three race win streak prior to that outing, with a 1:49.2 score just two starts back. Scott Rocks will look to rock the field from the outside Post 6. Another trainer looking to land a second horse in the $75,000 final, Chris Oakes will turn to Ontario based driver Jonathan Drury. Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey of Pennsylvania, 'Scott' was seventh in his last start off of a scratch but prior too those two he knocked off four straight with a lifetime best 1:48.3 score. A pair of brothers will look to make dreams come true when they team up from Post 2 with Duke Did It. Trainer Patrick and driver Robert Shepherd are hoping to punch their ticket with the Ivan Petersheim freshly purchased winner of four-in-a-row. Duke Did It torched the Truro Raceway in his last start winning in 1:53.2 and tying the track record. He hash't missed a top two finish in his last eight and during that streak he has won six times. Island native Paul Mackenzie is the only driver other than Campbell to win the Gold Cup and Saucer he will turn to the 3-entry Mach Wheel to land him in the prestigious race one more time. The Shane Arsenault trainee was a winner in his last start at Grand River (half-mile) in 1:54.2for National Driving Championship finalist Jody Jamieson in the bike. The top four finishers will join Aracache Hanover, Bigtown Hero, Shock It To Em and Island Jet on Tuesday night for the live post position draw. The undercard is highlighted by the 9 top class. Say It Again Sam will look to extend his win streak to double digits on Maritime soil from Post 4. The three-year-old son of Well Said has yet to be collared since relocating to the Maritimes for Foxyhall Racing. The 'Blue Knight' Jason Hughes handles the training and driving. Im Drinkin Doubles is listed as the 5-2 morning line favourite. Coming in off of a 1:55.3 victory at Truro in his last Owners R G Mcgoup LTD and trainer Wayne Whebby will look to snap the streak at nine. Marc Whebby will drive the three-year-old Shadow Play gelding. Bonnys Mac, Salute and Junebugs Baby round out the compact field of six. By Bo Ford

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - The best on the WEG circuit took to the track on Saturday night in $34,000 Preferred harness racing action for both the pacers and trotters at Mohawk. Making his first start since July 12, Sunshine Beach went to the front and never looked back in the Preferred pace. A four-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere - Light Up, Sunshine Beach and driver Chris Christoforou left from post position eight and were parked around the first turn. After clearing to the front at the start of the backstretch, Christoforou was able to control the tempo in the middle half. Off a half of :55.2, Modern Legend came first up at Sunshine Beach and Christoforou responded by kicking up the speed and posting a third-quarter of :26, putting Modern Legend and the rest of the field in his rear view mirror. Sunshine Beach carried a comfortable lead through the stretch and cruised to a length victory in 1:49. Bestofbest Hanover finished second, while Upfront Hoosierboy was third. Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy for the ownership group of Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc, Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. The Preferred score was the first win of the year for Sunshine Beach in his fifth start as a four-year-old. The victory was also the tenth of his career. The Mark Steacy trainee is approaching millionaire status with career earnings of more than 973,000. He paid $8.30 to win. Sunshine Beach is eligible to the Canadian Pacing Derby on August 30 at Mohawk. Eliminations are scheduled for a week earlier on Saturday, August 23. On the trotting side, Daylon Magician put his miscue a week ago behind and turned in an impressive 1:52.1 front end score in the Preferred trot. Trained and driven by Jack Moiseyev, Daylon Magician made a break last week and was forced to qualify before being eligible to race. Rather than skipping a week, Moiseyev elected to qualify the five-year-old on Tuesday (winning in 1:55.) and entered him right back into to this week's Preferred. The son of Kadabra - Daylon Marvel was sent after the lead at the quarter pole and cleared to the front early in the second quarter. After a pedestrian half of :57.2, Moiseyev turned up the tempo with a :27.2 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. In the stretch, Whiskey Tax, who sat in the two-hole, tried to grind down Daylon Magician, but the millionaire trotter dug in to pick up his fourth win of the season by a length. Charmed Life, last week's Preferred winner, finished more than five lengths back in third, while Catch The Dream was fourth. The 1:52.1 clocking lowered the season's record for an older trotter by a fifth of a second. A former Canadian Trotting Classic winner, Daylong Magician is owned by Daylon Farm Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario and has career earnings of more than $1.6 million. The Preferred victory was the 22nd career visit to victory lane for Daylon Magician. He returned $8.80 to win. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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