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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Bar Hopping charged home to win the harness racing $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic by three and half a lengths Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for three-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3/5 favourite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second-quarter and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first up, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final-eighth for a 1:53.1 victory. "There was enough speed in there and I was trying to find a good horse to follow," said Tetrick following his second Trotting Classic victory. "I seen Yannick not getting away as good as I think he wanted and I got a good trip following him all the way to the promise land." "Scotty's (Zeron) horse was putting up decent enough fractions and my horse got to track him all the way to the top of the lane and he did the rest from there." Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping captured his elimination last week in 1:52.4 and was sent off at odds of 4-1 in Saturday's rich final. The sophomore trotting colt has had a strong season, but has been slightly overshadowed by rivals Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank, who had captured the classic three-year-old events before the Canadian Trotting Classic. "Well he's been really close, but he just hasn't got it done," Tetrick said. "It's not lack of trying. He put it all together tonight and there is still a lot of money to go for the rest of the year." Owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time from 13 starts this season for nearly $800,000 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $901,048 earned. The Muscle Hill colt's triumph Saturday gives trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. "We've got a lot of partners and great partners, so I'm so happy for this win," said Takter in the winner's circle. "I was due to win a big race with this horse because he is a very nice horse." Takter noted that Bar Hopping will now head to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky for Grand Circuit action. Bar Hopping paid $10.10, $3.70 and $3.00. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - All eyes will be on harness racing's finest trotters Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night. An outstanding card featuring the best trotters of all ages has been assembled with over $2.6 million in purse money on the line. The $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters headline the 13-race program. The stacked undercard features the $436,000 Elegantimgage for three-year-old trotting fillies, $363,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder will look to add a victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic to his fairytale season. The son of Muscle Hill is the favourite to win Canada's biggest trotting event for local trainers Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder won just once in 13 starts last season, but has dominated as a three-year-old with nine wins in 11 starts this season. The Keeling-Wellwood trainee won the Goodtimes at Mohawk on June 18th to start his dream summer. The Muscle Hill colt captured the $1 million Hambletonian on August 6th at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Yonkers Trot on September 3rd at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has earned more than $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings to over $1.5 million. Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track last week by capturing his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination by four lengths in 1:52. Former WEG regular Scott Zeron sits behind the son of Muscle Hill and the duo will start from post four. Bar Hopping upset Southwind Frank to win the other "Trotting Classic" elimination last Saturday. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won four of 12 starts this season, including the $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Tim Tetrick will drive Bar Hopping from post position three. Southwind Frank will look to bounce back and capture another major race in Canada. The Ron Burke trainee didn't have his best in the "Trotting Classic" elimination, but is always dangerous, especially at Mohawk. Last year, Southwind Frank captured the William Wellwood Memorial over Marion Marauder. He also defeated the Hambletonian champion in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 20th at Pocono. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from the rail. The Hambletonian winner has won three of the last four editions of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $687,000 "Trotting Classic" is carded as Race 10. The Maple Leaf Trot is annually one of the biggest trotting events in the world and the international flavour is certainly felt in this year's edition. Five-year-old stallion Resolve and four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover captured last Saturday's eliminations. Resolve is searching for redemption after finishing second in last year's event, while Hannelore Hanover was a $45,000 supplemental entry. Trained by Swedish native Ake Svanstedt, Resolve has won three of nine starts this season and was second in Sweden's Elitlopp back in May. The son of Muscle Hill is a 13-time winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Resolve will be driven by Svanstedt and start from post position one. Hannelore Hanover has dominated this season, but faces her toughest challenge in the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee has won 14 of 15 starts this season, but is tackling the sport's best older trotters for the first time. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover was an easy-winner in her elimination and has victories this season in the Armbro Flight, Hambletonian Maturity and Muscle Hill. She has banked $719,134 this year to bring her career earnings to over $1 million. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted many stars from overseas throughout the years and this year's edition features 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. The 11-year-old Swedish sensation is trained by Robert Bergh for owners Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Nahar, who finished fourth in his elimination, is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will start from post eight with trainer Bergh handling the driving duties. The $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 7. The Elegantimage Stakes headlines the undercard with Caprice Hill going for her fifth consecutive victory. The Tony Alagna trained sophomore trotting filly has seven wins this season and has yet to finish out of the top two in 10 starts. Caprice Hill fired home in :26.4 to win her elimination last week in 1:52.4. The daughter of Kadabra recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings and will start from post four with driver Randy Waples at the controls. The $436,000 Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 9. The top rookie trotters will also be on display Saturday in the $363,000 Peaceful Way and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Ariana G has been arguably the top two-year-old in the sport this season and the rookie trotting filly is the horse to beat in the Peaceful Way. The Jimmy Takter trained filly is undefeated in six starts and won her elimination last week by almost eight lengths in 1:53.2. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G has earned $285,870 and is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She will start from post four with Yannick Gingras driving. The William Wellwood Memorial will feature local standout Seven And Seven. The Tom Durand trainee won his elimination in 1:56 and has won three of six starts to begin his career. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven has shown impressive closing speed early in his career and has banked $51,768. Durand has driven the rookie trotting colt in each of his previous six starts, but will hand the lines over to John Campbell for the Wellwood final. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill will be looking for another major victory in the Wellwood. The son of Muscle Hill captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6th at The Meadowlands. What The Hill won his Wellwood elimination last Friday in 1:55.3 for his third victory of the season. David Miller will drive the rookie trotter in Saturday's final. Seven And Seven will start from post two, while What The Hill has post three. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night is also "Fan Appreciate Night" at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans on-track will receive a free program and their "First Bet on Us". The first 500 guests will also receive a $5 food voucher. There will also be t-shirt tosses after each race and live music entertaining the crowd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Here are the fields for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 8. Nahar - Love You - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hll - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter AE: Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Mark McKelvie

This Week: Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals and Milton Stake eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at the Meadowlands on Friday (Sept. 16) with three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 17) the Meadowlands will offer two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt pacers and two 10,000 contests in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday with the C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, the C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters, the C$436,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final for 2-year-old filly trotters, and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton Stake for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the Meadowlands races are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport's history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, Always B Miki paid $3.80 to win. Complete recaps of all the 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. Yannick Gingras - 899.5; 2. David Miller - 663; 3. Tim Tetrick - 638.5; 4. Brett Miller - 333.5; 5. Matt Kakaley - 291. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 831.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 775.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 388; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 276; 5. Linda Toscano - 237. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 196.47; 2. Tom Hill - 177; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 160.82; 4.Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 5. Marvin Katz - 147.05. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Mohawk Racetrack, and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the final of the Milton Stake for pacing mares; and Hoosier will host six Grand Circuit races, including the Centuar for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - The top trotters in harness racing were on display Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Both premier events featured a pair of $40,000 eliminations, as 13 three-year-old trotters competed in the 'Trotting Classic' and 12 older trotters clashed in the Maple Leaf Trot preliminaries. Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track in the first Canadian Trotting Classic elimination. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood stable star scored an impressive four length victory in 1:52. Driven by Scott Zeron, Marion Marauder got away third and was pushed to the front in the second-quarter to front the field by the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Waitlifter K pressed at the heavy-favourite first up and was just three-quarters of a length from the lead at third marker in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Marion Marauder flicked aside his challenger and pulled away confidently to win in 1:52. "He's an amazing animal," said Zeron post-race. "Hats off to Mike (Keeling) and Paula (Wellwood) for keeping him this well conditioned throughout the schedule he's had this year. To put up performances like this week in and week out, it's amazing." Winter Harbor, who originally got away seventh, made a big third-quarter move and trotted home well to finish second to Marion Marauder. Tony Soprano finished third, while Waitlifter K and Brooklyn Hill rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Marion Marauder is in the midst of an incredible three-year-old season. The son of Muscle Hill has earned over $1.1 million this season with signature victories in the Goodtimes and Yonkers Trot to go along with his Hambletonian title. "I was thrilled with him tonight," said Keeling, who noted it was a short week for his colt after racing last Saturday in the Yonkers Trot. "Coming off a half (mile track) we didn't know how he was going to be and he was just tremendous. I couldn't believe the start tonight, he was great." Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has won nine of 11 starts this season to bring his career totals to 10 wins and over $1.5 million earned. Marion Marauder paid $2.40 to win. Marion Marauder In the second elimination, Bar Hopping delivered a large effort to win in 1:52.4 over Southwind Frank. The public's support was fully behind Southwind Frank, who was making his first start since capturing the Colonial on August 20th, but the talented son of Muscle Hill just didn't have his usually best on Saturday. Bee In Charge shot off the wings of the gate to grab early command ahead of Bar Hopping and posted an opening-quarter of :27.1. Southwind Frank got his cue to quickly move from third to first entering the backstretch and led the group by the half in :55.3. Bar Hopping was trotting along third on the far turn when driver Tim Tetrick angled him to the outside to start gaining ground towards the lead. Southwind Frank got a :28.3 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch, but didn't have a lot to offer in the lane. Bar Hopping trotted home with powerful strides on the far outside to blow by Bee In Charge and ultimately Southwind Frank to win by 2¼ lengths. "I just wanted to be close and try not to do any work in the middle and keep him brave," said Tetrick following the victory. "I felt confident (turning for home), my horse was still trotting really easy and had plenty of trot left. "You never know about (Southwind) Frank, he's a great animal and I know he struggles a little bit in the turns, but most of the time he just takes right back off, but my horse got him today." Southwind Frank held off Bee In Charge by half a length for second, while Warrawee Roo and Dia Monde rounded out the top five to advance to the final. Bar Hopping, now has four wins in 12 starts this season for earnings of $456,310. He is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Also a son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping finished fifth in the Hambletonian Final after winning his elimination. The three-year-old trotting colt now has five career wins to bring his earnings total to $557,548. Bar Hopping paid $10 to win. Bar Hopping The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations featured a European flavour, a couple of mares and the best older trotters around. Resolve, who finished second in last year's event, was a gate to wire winner in the first elimination for driver John Campbell and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill was scheduled to be driven by his trainer in Saturday's elimination, but a travel issue prevented Svanstedt from making it to Mohawk. Resolve was put on the front by Campbell and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2 before catching a :28.4 breather in the second panel. Five-year-old mare Shake It Cerry was sent first up from fourth on the far turn, while Resolve stretched out his lead to two lengths at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Campbell pushed the go button on Resolve and the Svanstedt trainee trotted home with powerful strides in :26.4 for a 1:51.1 victory. Shake It Cerry was just less than two lengths back in second, while Lookslikeachpndale was third. "He's pretty push button," said Campbell about Resolve. "He's been a great horse the last two years and been overseas and comeback and it's just a testament to what a great horse he is." Campbell noted he wasn't given any instructions for during the race with Resolve, but rather for scoring down. "The guy that takes care of said it was more important how I scored him down than the race," said Campbell. "He said you can do whatever you want in the race, but there was some instructions on how to score him down, but after that he was push button." Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve picked up his third win of the season in his ninth outing Saturday. The Svanstedt trainee competed in the Elitlopp earlier this season in Sweden. Resolve will enter the Maple Leaf Trot Final with 13 career wins and over $1.4 million in earnings. He paid $3.10 to win. Resolve Hannelore Hanover continued her dream season with an easy-looking victory in the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination. The Ron Burke trainee was supplemented for $45,000 to this year's Maple Leaf Trot and earned back $20,000 for her connection with the elimination victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover sat third while letting the dust settle between JL Cruze and Windsun Revenge. After an opening-quarter of :27, Hannelore Hanover got her cue to move to the front and led the field by the half in :55.1. Il Sogno Dream came first up from fourth on the far turn, but there was never an anxious moments for Hannelore Hanover, who got to three-quarters in 1:24.1. The Burke trainee finished off the victory by cruising home in :28.1. Il Sogno Dream finished 3¼ lengths back in second, while Windsun Revenge was third. Swedish trotter Nahar, who is owned by Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, followed Il Sogno Dream around the final turn and ultimately finished fourth to qualify for the final. JL Cruze faded back to finish fifth, but did qualify for next week's rich final. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover improved her 2016 record to 14 wins from 15 starts with her Maple Leaf Trot elimination score. "I got a good third-quarter breather and I just let her trot a little bit in the stretch, but the plugs were still in and she had something left in the tank," said Gingras, who was thrilled the connections opted to supplement 'Hannelore'. "$45,000 is a lot of money, but I thought she deserved a shot and ultimately they came to the conclusion she did." Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover is now a 23-time winner with over $1 million in career earnings. She paid $2.10 to win. Hannelore Hanover The post positions for the $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot were drawn following Saturday's elimination. Both finals will take place next Saturday (September 17). Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post positions for next week's finals. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank 2. Waitlifter K 3. Bar Hopping 4. Marion Marauder 5. Tony Soprano 6. Dia Monde 7. WinterHarbor 8. Brooklyn Hill 9. Bee In Charge 10. Warrawee Roo AE: Will Take Charge   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve 2. Lookslikeachpndale 3. Flanagan Memory 4. Hannelore Hanover 5. Il Sogno Dream 6. JL Cruze 7. Windsun Revenge 8. Nahar 9. Musical Rhythm 10. Shake It Cerry AE: Etruscan Hanover   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 6 - The sport's finest trotters will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (September 10) for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, as part of a stellar Grand Circuit card of harness racing. An outstanding group of 12 older trotters were entered for the eliminations of the 65th Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 three-year-old trotters. Each event will feature two $40,000 eliminations with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals on Saturday, September 17. Many eyes will be on the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination, as supplemental entry Hannelore Hanover and Swedish star Nahar will line up. The connections of Hannelore Hanover put up $45,000 to supplement their trotting mare to the event and she will start from post five in her elimination with regular driver Yannick Gingras. The Ron Burke trainee has tasted defeat just once in 14 starts this season and has earned $699,134. European invader Nahar will start to the right of Hannelore Hanover in post six. The Robert Bergh trained 11-year-old will have Ake Svanstedt in the sulky. Nahar, who won the 2013 Elitlopp, is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Caucks and is 39-time winner with career earnings of over $1.8 million. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot elimination will be Nahar's first start in North America. The first elimination features local stars Flanagan Memory and Musical Rhythm along with last year's Maple Leaf Trot runner up Resolve. Trained by Rene Dion, Flanagan Memory has torn up the Mohawk Preferred this season with all four of his 2016 victories coming in the circuit's top trot. The six-year-old and winner of over $1.1 million is coming off back to back third-place finishes in the Cashman Memorial and Crawford Farms Trot. He will be driven by Chris Christoforou. Musical Rhythm was the talk of the circuit during his dominating winter and spring run. The Ben Baillargeon trainee has won 12 of 18 starts this season, including the $250,000 Graduate Series Final for four-year-olds. The son of Cantab Hall will be looking for his first major victory against older rivals and starts from post six with driver Mario Baillargeon. Svanstedt trainee Resolve starts from post five in the first elimination. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill was last year's O'Brien Award winner for Top Older Trotter and is having another strong season. Resolve traveled to Sweden and finished second in the Elitlopp earlier this year. Since returning from his adventure, he has made four starts and captured the Cutler Memorial and Cashman Memorial. The Svanstedt trainee will start from post five Saturday with his trainer in the bike. The top five finishers from each Maple Leaf Trot elimination advance to the $632,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 6 and 9. The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations will see the return of Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder to home soil. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee will start from post six with driver Scott Zeron in the seven-horse first elimination. Marion Marauder, who's last start at Mohawk was a victory in the Goodtimes final, is coming into the Trotting Classic off a victory in last Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot. The son of Muscle Hill has won eight of 10 starts this season and earned over $1.1 million to bring his career total to $1.5 million. Marion Marauder became the first Canadian trained horse to win the $1 million Hambletonian since Glidemaster in 2006. Powerhouse Southwind Frank headlines the six-horse second elimination. The Ron Burke trainee finished second in the Hambletonian to Marion Marauder, but turned the tables in the Colonial on August 20th, as he defeated his rival in the $500,000 event. Southwind Frank has won six of nine starts this season after winning 11 of 12 as a rookie. The son of Muscle Hill has earned over $1.8 million in his career and is undefeated in five starts on the WEG Circuit. Last season, 'Frank' won the Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown. He will start from post three Saturday with driver Yannick Gingras. The top five finishers from each Canadian Trotting Classic elimination advance to the $687,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2 and 3. While trotters will be front and centre on Saturday, the Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line will also share the spotlight. The Casie Coleman trained sophomore pacing colt headlines a field of 10 for the $204,040 Simcoe Stakes. Betting Line is currently on a 10 race win streak, but will have to overcome post 10 in order to keep his streak alive. David Miller will drive the winner of over $1.7 million, who also has victories this season in the Battle of Brandywine and Carl Milstein Memorial. The Simcoe field also includes notables Lyons Snyder (PP1, Gingras), Magnum J (PP5, Doug McNair) and American Passport (PP8, Zeron). It is carded as Race 10. The newest star of harness racing, Beyond Delight, will compete in the Champlain Stakes a week after capturing the $661,000 Metro Pace. The Tony O'Sullivan trained two-year-old pacing colt will start from post four in the second of two $105,474 Champlain Stakes divisions. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight was winless in seven starts before winning his elimination and then the final of the Metro. Sylvain Filion will be back in the sulky behind the rookie. The second division also features Metro Pace finalists Classic Pro (PP1, Randy Waples), Windsong Napoleon (PP2, Jody Jamieson), Blood Line (PP5, Gingras) and Bettors Dream (PP9, Tim Tetrick). Metro Pace finalists Ideal Wheel (PP6, David Miller) and Bobcat Bound (PP7, Jamieson) along with Metro Consolation winner Odds On Delray (PP1, Gingras) are three of the nine rookies competing in the first Champlain division. The Champlain divisions are carded as Races 4 and 8. Rookie pacing fillies will also compete in their Champlain Stakes on Saturday. Six of the 13 fillies entered competed in the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady final last Saturday. The Champlain Filly divisions are carded as Races 1 and 11. Post time for Saturday's sensational 13-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the full fields for the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations and Simcoe Stakes.   Race 6: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 2. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Whiskey Tax - Revenue S - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 4. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion 5. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 6. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Race 9: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 2. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 3. Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 4. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 5. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nahar - Love You - Ake Svanstedt - Robert Bergh   Race 2: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Blenheim - Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris 3. WinterHarbor - Muscle Hill -  Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 4. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 5. Merchandiser - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Greg Peck 6. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 7. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh   Race 3: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 2. Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax 3. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 4. Bee In Charge - Manofmanymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 5. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 6. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter   Race 10: Simcoe Stakes - Purse: $204,040 1. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 2. Major Hill - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary 3. Cruise Patrol - Yankee Cruiser - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 4. Nocturnal Bluechip - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Mark Steacy 5. Magnum J - Big Jim - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 6. Easy Lover Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Ben Wallace 7. Voracity - Sportswriter - David Miller - Tony Alagna 8. American Passport - American Ideal - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 9. Tom Hill - American Ideal - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Pinkman earned double millionaire status with a win in the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, driver Yannick Gingras captured his third stakes victory on Saturday evening's harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. Trainer Jimmy Takter sent four of his trainees postward in the Canada's richest race for trotters, but it was his heavily favoured Hambletonian winner, Pinkman, who returned to victory lane. In the early going, Pinkman followed behind leader Crazy Wow as they passed the quarter pole in :27.3. At the three-eighth marker, Pinkman was pulled from the pocket and rolled to the font. The gelding held command past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. In the stretch, a parked out The Bank put pressure on his stablemate and so did Crazy Wow, but they were no match for Pinkman. The sophomore pulled away in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow finished second. The Takter-trained Uncle Lasse, The Bank and French Laundry finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. "We campaigned four horses in this race and I thought all four horses raced tremendous, so my job is to try and get the most out of the cake that I can and we almost got most of it," said Takter. "Everything has been great and the whole game is fantastic," added co-owner John Fielding, who won last year's Canadian Trotting Classic with Father Patrick. "We have so much fun with it. This horse is no exception and I'm fortunate to have my brother here and my wife and my family and of course Jimmy and Christina have been partners for us and the McClelland's. It's just a great ride. We have a lot of fun with it and thankful I don't have to do this for a business, but it's a lot of fun being a part of this game." Before winning with Pinkman, Gingras won the Elegantimage with Mission Brief and the William Wellwood Memorial Trot with Southwind Frank. "I feel great," said the reinsman. "I had some power coming into the night and was just hoping the horses showed up and all three of them certainly did." The three-year-old son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster has won 10 races in 14 seasonal starts. The 16-time career winner now boasts career earnings of $2,171,800 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman becomes the eighth Hambletonian winner in the last 15 years to win the Canadian Trotting Classic. He joins Yankee Paco (2000), Windsong's Legacy (2004), Donato Hanover (2007), Deweycheatumnhowe (2008), Muscle Hill (2009), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013). Pinkman paid $3.40 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - September 18 - Dustin Jones was hopeful Don't Rush could be a Grassroots trotter heading into his two-year-old season. Over $400,000 in earnings later, the son of Infinitif will start from post two in Saturday's $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Don't Rush won four of 11 starts last season, including his final start in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Co-owned and bred by Dustin Jones Stable Inc., Dont Rush has been a pleasant surprise for his conditioner. "I was hoping he was going to be a good grassrooter as a two-year-old," said Jones. "He ended up being way better than I thought he was going to be." After a strong two-year-old season, Jones had plans for Don't Rush to explore the Grand Circuit and race in harness racing's most prestigious trot, but those plans changed early this season. "I was hoping that he would be one of the top Ontario Sired and maybe race him in the Hambletonian," said Jones. "But I found out early that he wasn't able to trot in 1:51." Don't Rush has stayed close to home this season and won three of nine starts, including two Gold events, for earnings of over $100,000. While the Jones trainee has proven to be a top performer on the track, the sophomore trotter isn't the most intimidating in person. "He's not a very big horse and if you look at him in the paddock you would be quite surprised how small he is," Jones said. "He sort of pumps himself up on the track when he is hooked up, but he is what he is." The son of Infinitif has stepped up to tackle Grand Circuit trotters in his last two starts and finished fourth in both attempts, including last Saturday's Canadian Trotting Classic elimination. Don't Rush had to avoid a breaking horse at the top of the stretch, which may have cost him a third-place finish, but Jones was happy with the effort. "I thought he raced alright. I think he trotted his last half in :55.4 and with the two-hole I'm hoping to get a cheque." Don't Rush is entering the Canadian Trotting Classic as a longshot against the four-horse Jimmy Takter trained juggernaut, but when the big money is on the line anything can happen. "I'm hoping they go a little faster fractions to the first-half and then maybe he has a chance to pick up a cheque at the end," said Jones, who will have Chris Christoforou handling the driving duties. Following the Canadian Trotting Classic, Don't Rush will finish off the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, before taking another crack at the sport's top three-year-olds. "I think he still has a good shot to win the Super Final," said Jones. "He's got a Gold here (Mohawk) on the 28th and then the Super Final and then we will probably try him in the Breeders Crown." Don't Rush will look to become the first Ontario Sired winner of the Canadian Trotting Classic since Daylon Magician in 2011. by Mark McKelvie. for WEG Communications

This Week: Nadia Lobell, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Kindergarten Series, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky.; Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals and Milton Stake eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Wednesday (Sept. 16) at The Meadows with the $170,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Thursday (Sept. 17) The Red Mile will host three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 19) with the C$680,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, the C$700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$404,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$373,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old open trotters, the C$410,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old filly trotters, and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton Stake for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: Doo Wop Hanover and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. led all the way to win the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for free-for-all pacers in 1:49.2 on Ohio Super Night this past Saturday (Sept. 12) at Scioto Downs. Doo Wop Hanover 1:49.2 winner in Jim Ewart Memorial The 5-1 Doo Wop Hanover paced strongly down the stretch to win by a head over All Bets Off from the pocket. State Treasurer was third. Trained by Steve Elliott for co-owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks, Doo Wop Hanover is a 4-year-old horse by Rocknroll Hanover. Wind Of The North dug in to score a wire-to-wire, 1:53.2 win in the $100,000 Sam "Chip" Noble III Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs. Driven by Dave Palone, Wind Of The North hung on to win by a head with Gural Hanover second. Local star Southwind Pepino was third by a neck. Wind Of The North is co-owned by trainer Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck. He is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Mohawk Racetrack had several Grand Circuit races last week. Among the most noteworthy was the $168,680 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old open pacers. Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak turned in a career-best and stakes record performance of 1:48.2 to win the Simcoe on Saturday (Sept. 12) night. Driven by Scott Zeron, Artspeak quickly erased Reverend Hanover's lead in the stretch and paced by the leader with powerful strides to score an impressive 2-1/4 length victory in that stakes record time of 1:48.2. Reverend Hanover held on to finish second, while Split The House and The Wayfaring Man finished third and fourth, respectively. Artspeak is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. The 3-year-old colt now has four wins and $483,325 earned this season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 849; 2. David Miller - 526.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 517; 4. Brian Sears - 447; 5. Corey Callahan - 352.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,109; 2. Jimmy Takter - 762; 3. Tony Alagna - 315.5; 4. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 300; 5. Erv Miller - 216. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 260.1; 2. Bamond Racing - 235; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 234.4; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 140; 5. Christina Takter - 131.7. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Mohawk Racetrack, and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the final of the Milton Stake for pacing mares; and Hoosier will host five Grand Circuit races, including the Centuar for open trotters, the Kentuckiana Stallion Management for freshman filly pacers and trotters and the Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. by Paul Ramlow,for The Grand Circuit  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 15 - The bright lights will be shining on the finest trotters Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the $2.7 million Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic harness racing card. Both storied events, the Maple Leaf Trot will be contested for the 64th time, while the Canadian Trotting Classic, Canada's richest trotting event, will crown a 40th champion on Saturday. The Maple Leaf Trot - Presented by HPIBET will feature a stacked group of older trotters vying for the winner's share of $680,000. The top three-year-old trotters in harness racing will look for division supremacy in the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Following last week's eliminations, the Maple Leaf Trot appears to be a wide-open contest. Verlin Yoder's Natural Herbie was a 12/1 upset winner in the first elimination over superstar trotting mare Bee A Magician. A five-year-old gelding, Natural Herbie had been relatively quiet this season before his breakout win last Saturday. Trainer/driver Yoder admits Natural Herbie is a "once in a lifetime horse", who he believes gets better as the season rolls on. "He's always been late showing up," said Yoder, following his elimination victory. "He's not trotting slower than he did last year, but he took his sweet time getting there." Yoder selected post position three for his prized-trotter in this Saturday's final. Bee A Magician, the only mare in this year's final, appeared to have the elimination won, before giving way late to Natural Herbie and finishing second. A five-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician will look to become the first mare to capture the Maple Leaf Trot since Peaceful Way in 2006. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee was the 2013 Horse of the Year in both Canada and the U.S. and earlier this season beat the boys in the Cutler Memorial at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician will be driven by Brian Sears and they will leave from post position two. Ake Svanstedt trainee Resolve lived up to his connections expectations and won the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination. The connections of the four-year-old put up $45,000 to supplement their trotter to this year's event and that appears to be money well spent. Resolve captured his elimination easily by 3¼ lengths in 1:52.4 for his second victory of the season. The Svanstedt trainee has only missed the board once in 10 starts this season. Svanstedt will be look to avenge his loss in last year's final with the great Sebastian K and starts from the rail with his trainee on Saturday. There are plenty of other storylines to follow in the 64th Maple Leaf Trot. Intimidate, last year's upset winner, is back to defend his title for trainer Luc Blais and driver Sylvain Filion. World-Record holder JL Cruze was also a $45,000 supplement to the Maple Leaf Trot and he will seek another classic victory to go with his over $620,000 earned this season. The Maple Leaf Trot - Presented by HPIBET has been carded as Race Seven and will go to post at approximately 9:37 p.m. Trainer Jimmy Takter will be seeking back-to-back Canadian Trotting Classic titles this Saturday and the Hall of Famer conditioner is loaded with four talented trotters. Pinkman, this year's Hambletonian champion, returned to the winner's circle last Saturday in his elimination with a strong two-length victory in 1:52.2. The Takter trainee has won nine of 13 starts this year, including the $1 million Hambletonian, $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial and the $370,000 Zweig Memorial. Although Pinkman dropped three starts in a row heading into the 'Trotting Classic' eliminations, driver Yannick Gingras said the gelding was back on track Saturday night. "He sure was really good tonight," said Gingras, following Saturday's elimination. "(I) kicked the plugs out half way down the stretch and he got into another gear and was trotting real strong through the wire." A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman is the sport's highest earning trotter this season, with over $1.2 million in earnings. The Takter trainee could go over the $2 million career-mark with a victory on Saturday. Owned by Christina Takter of New Jersey, John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ontario, Joyce McClelland of Ohio and Herb Liverman of Florida, Pinkman will start from post position four. Brian Sears will look to add the Canadian Trotting Classic to his list of major wins in the three-year-old trotting division this season with elimination winner Uncle Lasse. Trained by Takter, Uncle Lasse prevailed in a win photo over Crazy Wow in last Saturday's first elimination. A son of Donato Hanover, Uncle Lasse has raced in the shadow of his stablemate this season, but has put together an impressive season with over $490,000 earned. Owned by Solveigs Racing Partners and Goran Falk, Uncle Lasse starts from post position three with arguably the best driver for this spot. Sears captured the $1 million Hambletonian last month with Pinkman, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot with Habitat two-weeks ago and this Saturday has another strong chance to score a major stakes victory in the three-year-old trotting division. Takter also sends out French Laundry from the rail and The Bank from post position ten in Saturday's final. A local trotter will look to spoil the Takter party Saturday. Dustin Jones trainee Dont Rush was last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion and this season has won three of nine starts. Dont Rush starts from post two with driver Chris Christoforou The $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic will go postward at approximately 10:45 p.m. as Race Ten. The Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic undercard features three rich trotting events. World Champion Mission Brief headlines the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. The Ron Burke trainee won her elimination last Friday by 15 lengths and the Hambletonian heat winner is seeking her 16th career win. Rookie trotters will also be on display in the $410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the $373,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old colts and geldings. In total, Saturday's 13-race card will feature over $2.7 million in purse money and is the second-richest card of the season at Mohawk Racetrack. Saturday is also Fan Appreciation Night, as the first 1,000 patrons through the doors will receive a free program, a $5 food and drink voucher and their 'First Bet On Us'. Mohawk and the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will also be honouring the recently retired San Pail with a winner's circle retirement ceremony. Doors open for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night at 5 p.m. and post time is 7:25 p.m. Here is how the trotters will lineup in the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve by Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt 2. Bee A Magician by Kadabra - Brian Sears 3. Natural Herbie by Here Comes Herbie - Verlin Yoder 4. Flanagan Memory by Kadabra - Tim Tetrick 5. Lindys Tru Grit by Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron 6. JL Cruze by Crazed - John Campbell 7. Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev 8. Whiskey Tax  by Revenue S - Sylvain Filion 9. Intimidate by Justice Hall - Sylvain Filion 10. Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald AE: Market Share $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. French Laundry by Muscles Yankee - Jimmy Takter 2. Dont Rush by Infinitif - Chris Christoforou 3. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover - Brian Sears 4. Pinkman by Explosive Matter - Yannick Gingras 5. Iron by Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron 6. Muscle Up The Goal by Muscle Mass - Jody Jamieson 7. Muscle Diamond by Muscle Hill - John Campbell 8. Crazy Wow by Crazed - Tim Tetrick 9. Centurion Atm by SJs Caviar- Ake Svanstedt 10. The Bank by Donato Hanover - David Miller AE: Jetpedia by Muscle Hill Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Jimmy Takter trainees Uncle Lasse and Pinkman were victorious Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. A group of 13 three-year-old trotters were split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. The top five finishers from each division advanced to next week's $700,000 final. In the first elimination, Uncle Lasse prevailed in a tight win photo over Crazy Wow in 1:52.3. Driven by Brian Sears, Uncle Lasse was able to get away in the two-hole on the back of Crazy Wow, who was sent off as the 1/2 favourite. The field of six sat lined up for the majority of the opening three-quarters, as Crazy Wow cut out fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Uncle Lasse came to the outside for Sears to try and track down Crazy Wow, who turned the race into a final-quarter sprint. Uncle Lasse was able sprint home in :26.4 to get up in the final strides and defeat Crazy Wow by a head. "The trip worked out perfect," said Sears following the race. "I was real happy with that and the horse responded off the trip." Muscle Up The Goal finished third, while Dont Rush and French Laundry rounded out the top five to secure a spot in the final. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Uncle Lasse scored his fifth win of the season Saturday night. The son of Donato Hanover has hit the board in nine of 11 starts and has banked just shy of $500,000. Sears noted that Uncle Lasse might be ready to break through and win a big one. "He's been knocking on the door all year and hopefully he has a good one next week." Uncle Lasse is owned by Solveigs Racing Partners and Goran Falk. Saturday was the ninth career victory for the winner of over $860,000. Uncle Lasse paid $7.80 to win. Uncle Lasse Hambletonian champion Pinkman was an easy winner in the second split to give Takter a sweep of this Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Pinkman and driver Yannick Gingras trotted out to the front, but gave way at the quarter to stablemate The Bank. Gingras wasted little time retaking the lead in the second-quarter and the 4/5 favourite led the field by the half in :56.1. After a third quarter in :28.3, Pinkman sprinted home comfortably in :27.3 to win by two-lengths in 1:52.2 over The Bank. Muscle Diamond finished third, while Centurion Atm, who had a poor start, and Iron grabbed the last two spots in the final. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman's victory Saturday was his first win since capturing the Hambletonian on August 8. "He sure was really good tonight," said Gingras following the race. "(I) kicked the plugs out half way down the stretch and he got into another gear and was trotting real strong through the wire." Pinkman came into the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations off a pair of subpar efforts at Yonkers, but Gingras said the gelding just didn't enjoy the half-mile surface. "He struggled on the half and was running in hard and pretty bumpy gaited. It was pretty amazing that he stayed at it both weeks," Gingras said. "He's a really game horse, but the half-mile track wasn't what he likes." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. The Takter trainee now has 9 wins from 13 starts and earnings of over $1.2 million this season. Pinkman's career totals sit at 15 wins and a bankroll of $1.8 million. He paid $3.70 to win. Pinkman Both elimination winners earned the right to select their post for next week's $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final. The Canadian Trotting Classic will be the co-feature next Saturday (September 19) along with the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Here is how the three-year-olds will lineup for the Canadian Trotting Classic final. $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. French Laundry 2. Dont Rush 3. Uncle Lasse 4. Pinkman 5. Iron 6. Muscle Up The Goal 7. Muscle Diamond 8. Crazy Wow 9. Centurion Atm 10. The Bank AE: Jetpedia   Mark McKelvie

World class trotters will invade Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday, September 12 for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted an All-Star international group of 14 older trotters, including mares D'One and Bee A Magician. A talented crew of 13 three-year-old trotters, including Hambletonian champion Pinkman, will compete in the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. The 64th edition of the Maple Leaf Trot will feature two $40,000 seven-horse eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination will punch their ticket to the final. Swedish trotting mare D'One will look to remain undefeated on North American soil in the second elimination The Roger Walmann trainee is a perfect two for two this summer in the United States, but the Maple Leaf Trot will be her first attempt against the boys. D'One (PP7, Marcus Johansson) is by Donato Hanover, the 2007 Canadian Trotting Classic champion, and out of Giant Diablo, the fastest trotting mare of all-time. The regally bred trotting mare has won 17 of 30 career starts. European driving star Orjan Kilhstrom is the regular driver of D'One and has driven her in both of her North American starts, but Marcus Johansson is listed to handle the driving duties Saturday night. Intimidate (PP4, Sylvain Filion), last year's Maple Leaf Trot winner, is back to defend his title. The Luc Blais trainee has yet to find the winner's circle this season, but the six-year-old gelding was a surprise winner in last year's event at 45/1. Flanagan Memory, Obrigado, Market Share, Daylon Magician and Resolve, a supplement entry, round out the field for the second elimination. JL Cruze (PP3, John Campbell), the fastest trotter ever on a mile-track, highlights the first elimination. The connections of the World Champion put up $45,000 to supplement the four-year-old gelding to this year's Maple Leaf Trot. Trained by Eric Ell, JL Cruze has won 16 of 19 starts this season for over $620,000 in earnings. The son of Crazed became the first sub-1:50 trotter on a mile-track when he won the $250,000 Graduate in 1:49.4 at The Meadowlands. Superstar Bee A Magician (PP5, Brian Sears), the 2013 Horse of the Year, will take on the boys in the second elimination. The daughter of Kadabra has eight victories in 11 starts this season, including a victory over her male rivals in the Cutler Memorial back in May. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee has earned over $546,000 this season to increase her career bankroll to over $3.2 million. Magic Tonight (PP2, Marcus Johansson), this year's Elitlopp champion, will also compete in the first split. The Walmann trainee came over to North America along with D'One earlier this summer and will be making his third start since arriving. The six-year-old son of Andover Hall has four victories from eight starts this season. Whiskey Tax, E L Titan, Natural Herbie and Lindys Tru Grit round out the field for the first elimination. The winners of each elimination will earn the right to select their post position for the $680,000 final on Saturday, September 19. The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations will take place as Races Eight and Ten. The top sophomore trotting colts and geldings in the sport will contest a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Pinkman (PP5, Yannick Gingras), the Hambletonian champion, highlights the second elimination for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Explosive Matter will be joined by stablemates Canepa Hanover (PP4, John Campbell) and The Bank (PP7, Jimmy Takter) in the seven-horse contest. Pinkman enters the Trotting Classic with eight victories in 12 starts this season for earnings of over $1.2 million. His career bankroll sits at $1.8 million. The first elimination features Crazy Wow (PP4, Tim Tetrick), the Colonial Stakes winner, from the Ron Burke barn. A son of Crazed, Crazy Wow has won three of his last four starts heading into the Trotting Classic. The sophomore trotting colt has six victories in 11 starts this season for earnings of more than $562,000. Takter trainees Uncle Lasse (PP1, TBA) and French Laundry (PP3, TBA) will line up in the first elimination to give the Hall of Fame conditioner five starters in the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. The top-five finishers from each split will move on to the $700,000 final on Saturday, September 19. The elimination winners will earn the right to pick their post for the final. The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations have been carded as Races One and Three. Saturday's card will also feature divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers and the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for Saturday's eliminations. PP/Horse/Driver Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #1 (Race 8) 1. Whiskey Tax - Sylvain Filion 2. Magic Tonight - Marcus Johansson 3. JL Cruze - John Campbell 4. E L Titan - Tim Tetrick 5. Bee A Magician - Brian Sears 6. Natural Herbie - Verlin Yoder 7. Lindys Tru Grit - Scott Zeron   Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #2 (Race 10) 1. Flanagan Memory - Randy Waples 2. Obrigado - Mark MacDonald 3. Market Share - Tim Tetrick 4. Intimidate - Sylvain Filion 5. Daylon Magician - Jack Moiseyev 6. Resolve - Ake Svanstedt 7. D One - Marcus Johnasson   Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #1 (Race 1) 1. Uncle Lasse - TBA 2. Jetpedia - Mike Saftic 3. French Laundry - TBA 4. Crazy Wow - Tim Tetrick 5. Muscle Up The Goal - TBA 6. Dont Rush - Chris Christoforou   Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #2 (Race 3) 1. Centurion Atm - Ake Svanstedt 2. Iron - Scott Zeron 3. Lookslikeachpndale - Sylvain Filion 4. Canepa Hanover - John Campbell 5. Pinkman - Yannick Gingras 6. Muscle Diamond - John Campbell 7. The Bank - Jimmy Takter                                                                                                                                            Mark McKelvie

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

Market Share, the 2013 Hambletonian winner and victor in the $235,000 American National for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, returns to Balmoral Park on Saturday night in Race 9 to defend his harness racing crown in the $166,300 American National Aged Trot. The son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide was clocked in 1:53.3 with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for the Linda Toscano-trained, then-sophomore. Owned by Richard S. Gutnick of Pennsylvania, TLP Stable and J Augustine of New Jersey, Market Share will leave from post five in the field of eight trotters. "Never, never in a million years did we dream that Market Share could be this kind of horse," Toscano offered. "He's just one of those horses that enjoys his work and tries real hard. It's surprising, but that's a good thing." Bred by Hayley Moore of Paris, Kentucky, Market Share, a $16,000 yearling purchase from the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale, won all five of his 2-year-old starts over Freehold Raceway's half-mile oval. Toscano and principal owner Richard Gutnick were uncertain if he could excel at the bigger tracks, such as the Meadowlands. So it was up to Market Share to show them. In 2012, at age 3, Market Share won the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk en route to earnings of $2 million. He also trotted the fastest mile in the history of Maywood Park when he captured the $108,000 Galt in 1:54.4, erasing Green Day's previous track record of 1:55.1, set in 2007. As a result, he was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. Last season, his wins included the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, TVG Free For All Series Championship and American-National Stakes. He led all older trotters with $1.07 million in purses and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "It's a treat to be able to bring one back like that as a 5-year-old," Toscano said. "By bringing back the older horses, people recognize the names and the horses become the stars again. I think that's what is missing in our industry. I think it's a real good thing." This year Market Share has added another $357,296 to his bank account, pushing his career earnings to $3,471,308 via a $37,200 Maple Leaf elimination at Mohawk, the $250,000 Maxi Lee at Harrah's Chester--when he set a new world record and career best clocking of 1:50.2 for an aged gelding trotter on a five-eighths mile oval--and a victory in a $40,000 Cutler elimination in 1:50.3. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013 when he scored that record clocking in the Maxi Lee. Market Share now has 24 wins, seven seconds and 12 thirds in 53 career starts. On Oct. 5, he was race-timed in 1:52, finishing fifth by three lengths in the $173,000 Allerage Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Market Share is the fourth of six foals out of his unraced dam Classical Flirt, and is a half-brother to Photogenic Legs (by Classic Photo) 3, 1:57.2h ($102,892) and to Broadway Legs (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:55 ($57,225). By Kimberly Rinker

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Radical Dreamer, with Marit Valstad in the irons for harness racing trainer/co-owner Ron Oneill and co-owner Doug Millard, took another Ontario monte test Saturday evening on the Canadian Trotting Classic card.  The five year-old mare by Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strength was victorious by ¾ length to record her fourth monte win this season. Smarty Pants rallied strongly around the last turn and battled to the line for Riina Rekila but could not get to the winner. Twin B Excalibur finished third for Evelyn Harms after racing forwardly placed throughout. The non-wagering event carried a purse of C$15,000. Mohawk 9/13/14-Monte Trot, C$15,000 (after race 3) Non-wagering, 9 starters after one scratch Fractions: :30 - 1:01 - 1:31.3 - 2:02.2 Radical Dreamer (5f Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strength), Marit Valstad up for trainer/co-owner Ron Oneill and Doug Millard. Smarty Pants (5f Kadabra-Twitty-Conway Hall), Riina Rekila, trainer Richard Moreau and owners Stan Klemencic and ASA Farm. Twin B Excalibur (11g Earl-Senorita Sierra-Sierra Kosmos)m Evelyn Harms for trainer/co-owner Randall Fulmer along with Phillip Katcher. Next up for the monte specialists in Ontario are September 20 at Flamboro and October 1 at Western Fair. Thomas H. Hicks http://www.monteamerica.com/

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 - Father Patrick, the 1-5 choice with harness racing driver Yannick Gingras, scored a popular one and three-quarter length victory in the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. Trainer Jimmy Takter held more than a strong hand going into this year's renewal for three-year-old trotters, sending out Hambletonian winner Trixton, a son of 2009 Classic winner Muscle Hill and Father Patrick, last year's divisional champion who had been expected to win the Meadowlands showcase event in August but made an unexpected early break. The toteboard reflected that, as Father Patrick was 1-5, Trixton 9-5 when they went behind the gate, while their five rivals ranged from 18-1 to 80-1. The two favourites, both of whom had won eight of their 10 starts this year, were expected to duke it out but this time it was Trixton, driven by Takter, who went off stride at the start to eliminate himself. It wasn't a walk in the park but the win at least put aside the nightmare of this year's Hambletonian for Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream. Parked in fourth for the first half-mile, as Damfoolrmillionair took the field through a quarter in :26.4 and the half in :55.2, Gingras sent Father Patrick up to challenge the pacesetter, took over before the three-quarters was reached in 1:24, then powered home for the win in 1:52.4. E L Titan came on for second, with Harper Blue Chip third. Owned by the Father Patrick Stable, of which Torontonian John Fielding is a partner, Father Patrick had won 15 straight prior to his gaffe in the Hambletonian. Since then, he'd won two of three and was hammered down to heavy favouritism in the Classic. "It's definitely huge (winning the Canadian Trotting Classic)," said Gingras. "That race (Hambletonian) is one I'd like to forget. He's a great horse. From here on out, I think he'll be the best horse, no doubt. He went a huge trip. He was out the whole way, never saw the rail. When I made my move, it was never in doubt." Added Fielding, "It was just a fantastic effort tonight. We've always thought this colt was the best colt I've ever owned. Jimmy, his wife Christina and myself have owned many, many great horses over the years. But this colt ranks up as probably number one of all of them. It was disappointing at the Hambletonian but tonight he was fantastic. It was just a great thrill. Tonight he showed himself well." With the win, Father Patrick went well over the $1 million in earnings for the season and is now closing in on the $2 million mark in career earnings. Prior to tonight, six of the last 10 winners of the Canadian Trotting Classic, including the last two (Royalty For Life in 2013, Market Share in 2012) had also prevailed in the storied Hambletonian. Takter previously won the Classic on two occasions, but surprisingly it had been awhile. Kadabra took the 2002 edition while Red Xing won in 1997. Father Patrick paid $2.70, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with E L Titan ($14.60) for a $45.80 (6-1) exactor. A 6-1-2 (Harper Blue Chip) triactor was worth $158.10 while a $1 Superfecta [6-1-2-7 (Damfoolrmillioinair)] came back $282.20. Mark McKelvie

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