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The Stallions Australasia sires Muscle Hill, Trixton and Royalty For Life made a clean sweep of the three trotting features at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada on Saturday night (September 14). The Muscle Hill three-year-old colt Green Manalishi S captured the $C605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, Trixton’s three-year-old daughter Evident Beauty captured the $C376,000 Elegantimage in 1:53, while the Royalty For Life two-year-old gelding HP Royal Theo outmuscled his rivals in the $C370,000 William Wellwood Memorial in a career-best 1:54.4. Green Manalishi S led from the outset and maintained a solid tempo to win by half a length in 1:52.8. It was his 10th success and pushed his stake earnings over the $1 million plateau. Evident Beauty overcame a post position 10, settled midfield on the outer and powered home to score a half-length victory. The Trixton fillies When Dovescry and Princess Deo finished third and fourth respectively. Evidenty Beauty has won nine races and $666,898. While HP Royal Theo, having only his sixth start, was midfield early before moving forward into the one-out in the second stanza. Angled three deep on the home turn, HP Royal Theo unleashed a 28.4 final quarter to score by 1-3/4 lengths.   By Peter Wharton

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Green Manalishi S and driver Tim Tetrick went to the front and never looked back to capture the $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Marcus Melander trainee held off a late push from Pilot Discretion to win Woodbine's marquee harness racing event for three-year-old trotters by half a length in 1:52.4. Tetrick becomes the winningest driver in the history of the Canadian Trotting Classic with now four titles to his name.   "That's a big honour," said Tetrick of claiming the Canadian Trotting Classic wins record. "It just kind of fell into place and worked out really good."   Tetrick's previous three victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic came with Crystal Fashion (2018), Bar Hopping (2016) and Market Share (2012).   Green Manalishi S, who went off as the 6/5 favourite, shot to the top from post-four and led the field by the opening-quarter in :27.2. After an easy :29 second-quarter, Tetrick ramped up the tempo with the son of Muscle Hill to trot a :27.3 third-quarter.   Swandre The Giant raced in the two-hole, but made a break going to three-quarters. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade moved out from third entering the final turn and was nearly fourth-lengths behind Green Manalishi S turning for home. Goodtimes winner Pilot Discretion followed the moves of Forbidden Trade to sit third at the three-quarter pole.   In the stretch, Green Manalishi S had close to three-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go. The push to the finish line saw the lead shrink with Pilot Discretion closing in, ultimately coming up half a length short.   "I wanted to get out of there and either sit really close or go ahead and cut it, but I didn't want to have to work too hard to do it," said Tetrick of his strategy. "I wanted him to feel really brave going down the backside and I went a little faster in the third-quarter to get a little separation on them and down by the wire it was getting close, but my horse held on good and he never wins by too many."   Green Manalishi S   Forbidden Trade finished third, but was placed back to fifth for causing interference in deep stretch to Only For Justice. Smart As Hill was moved up from fourth to third, while Only For Justice entered the Superfecta going from fifth to fourth.   Owned by Courant Inc, Green Manalishi S improved to four for four in starts at Mohawk Park. The Melander trainee becomes the first horse since Father Patrick in 2014 to win the Wellwood Memorial and Canadian Trotting Classic in consecutive seasons.   "This horse has kind of been in the shadow of Greenshoe and Gimpanzee," said Tetrick of Green Manalishi S status among Melander's stable stars. "He's done really well and he's made money and won an elimination of the Hambletonian. He's a very qualified horse."   Green Manalishi S is now five for nine this season with $688,226 earned. The Canadian Trotting Classic victory is the 10th career visit to the winner's circle for the son of Muscle Hill and pushes his career earnings over the million-dollar plateau to $1.2 million.   A $2 win ticket on Green Manalishi S returned $4.60.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2019 - Harness racing fans will want to arrive early to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (September 14) to collect the next t-shirt in the 'Road to the Breeders Crown' giveaway series.    Bob McClure is the next driver to have his racing colours featured on a t-shirt. The Hambletonian winning-driver will be set up on the main grandstand floor beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday (September 14) to giveaway t-shirts and sign autographs.   The $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic is the main event for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   McClure will team with Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade in Saturday's marquee race.   Fans will be able to pick up a photo of Forbidden Trade and McClure to have an autographed.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

This Week In Harness Racing: Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals, and Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 13) with four $10,000 races in the Kindergarten Series, one event each for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be held on Saturday (Sept. 14) and will feature the C$605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$376,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$370,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts, the C$405,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old trotting fillies, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Tioga races are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: On closing night of the 2019 Eldorado Scioto Downs meet, Atlanta withstood the late charge of two rivals to hold on for the victory in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial while in the next race, McWicked came flying down the middle of the stretch for a narrow win in the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. McWicked used a late charge down the middle of the stretch to win the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. USTA/Mark Hall photo. With Lather Up scratched in the Jim Ewart, 2-1 favorite McWicked (Brian Sears) got away fifth as Filibuster Hanover (Chris Page) led the nine-horse field through a :25.3 first quarter. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) moved past Filibuster Hanover and led through fractions of :52.4 and 1:20 and to the top of the stretch. Fifth while turning for home, Sears guided McWicked to the center of the track passing four rivals to win by a nose in 1:49. Donttellmeagain and Western Fame dead heated for second and Courtly Choice was fourth, a neck back. "He was a little loose on his cover, but you know he just keeps digging to the wire," said Sears following the win. "Casie's (Coleman) done an amazing job bringing him back. I want to thank (owner) Ed James for letting us race him again another year. It's been a lot of fun. This horse, he shows up every week and gives it his all." For McWicked, an 8-year-old son of McArdle, it was his fourth win in 2019, the 38th of his career and increased his lifetime earnings to $4,622,405. He is owned by S S G Stables and trained by Casie Coleman. In the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial, Yannick Gingras and Atlanta held off the late charges of Plunge Blue Chip and Mission Accepted to win in a track record 1:51.4. "I was hoping maybe for a lot of crazy speed early, so I could race off a helmet or chasing down horses any way," said Gingras. "I think that's her best game. But the way it worked out, I was able to make the front end and I knew Timmy (Tetrick on favorite Guardian Angel As) was parked the whole mile, so that was definitely a plus." After being parked third as Mission Accepted led the nine-horse field to the first quarter in :27.1, Gingras moved Atlanta to the lead the first time past the grandstand then led through fractions of :56 and 1:24. With the lead turning for home, Gingras allowed Atlanta to drift out a little off the turn leaving room for Plunge Blue Chip and Mission Accepted to challenge the winner on the inside. Atlanta's winning margin over Plunge Blue Chip was a head and third-place Mission Accepted was a half-length back. Favorite Guardian Angel As finished fourth. Atlanta, a 4-year-old Chapter Seven mare, is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. She has now won seven of 11 starts this year and is 19-for-35 lifetime with $1,799,089 in career earnings. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 863.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 656; 3. David Miller - 541; 4. Dexter Dunn - 491; 5. Brian Sears - 414. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 748; 2. Tony Alagna - 446; 3. Marcus Melander - 359; 4. Jim King Jr. - 306.5; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 305. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 192; 2. Brad Grant - 168.8; 3. Courant Inc. - 152.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 135.9; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 123.4. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Woodbine Mohawk Park 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 the Milton for older pacing mares and Metro and She's A Great Lady finals for freshman pacers; and Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Ciruit  

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2019 - Forbidden Trade and Green Manalishi S headline a field of nine harness racing trotters for this Saturday's $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A total of nine sophomore trotters were entered Tuesday morning for this year's edition of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $605,000 race headlines a $2 million card that includes the $376,000 Elegantimage, $405,000 Peaceful Way and $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial.   Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade (PP2) leads the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. The Luc Blais trainee and winner of $1.1 million has home track advantage in his attempt for another signature victory. The son of Kadabra is owned by Serge Godin's Determination of Montreal, Quebec and is driven by Bob McClure, who currently ranks second in earnings and third in wins at Woodbine.   Forbidden Trade is looking to become the first Hambletonian winner since Pinkman in 2015 to also win the Canadian Trotting Classic. The Blais trainee most recently finished second in the Yonkers Trot and sports a record of six wins and top-three finishes in all 10 starts this season   Marcus Melander trainee Green Manalishi S (PP4) is undefeated in three career starts at Mohawk Park and full of confidence following a victory in last Friday's Simcoe Stakes.   Owned by Courant Inc, Green Manalishi S has won four of eight starts this season and his only time missing the board was a fifth-place finish in the Hambletonian final. Tim Tetrick will guide the son of Muscle Hill.   Green Manalishi S, who is a little less than $55,000 away from millionaire status, captured last year's William Wellwood Memorial. He is attempting to become the first Wellwood-Trotting Classic back-to-back winner since Father Patrick in 2014.   The field for Saturday's main event also includes Goodtimes Stakes winner Pilot Discretion (PP5, Andrew McCarthy). The Tony Alagna trainee hasn't won since capturing the $247,000 event on Pepsi North America Cup night, but does have a runner-up finishes in the Stanley Dancer Memorial, a pair of Kentucky Sires Stakes divisions and was a Hambletonian finalist.   Forbidden Trade is one of three Ontario sired trotters in the field. Knight Angel (PP1, Doug McNair) and Only For Justice (PP9, Chris Christoforou) have each won an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division this season.   Completing the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic is the much-talked about Swandre The Giant (PP3, David Miller) for trainer Ron Burke, Hambletonian finalist Dont Letem (PP8, Yannick Gingras) for trainer Nancy Johansson, recent winner Gerry (PP7, Corey Callahan) for trainer Melander and Goodtimes finalist Smart As Hill (PP6, Paul MacDonell) for trainer Mike Keeling.   The $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 8 on Saturday's $2 million card.   The $376,000 Elegantimage Stakes attracted 13 sophomore trotting fillies. The top-10 money earners will race in Saturday's event with the other three entrants receiving a refund of their stakes payments.   Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry leads the field with $328,054 earned this season and comes in off a Simcoe Stakes division victory last Friday. The daughter of Muscle Hill and driver Simon Allard will start from post-three for trainer Carmen Auciello.   Ohio Sires Stakes champion Only Take Cash will face her toughest challenge to date in the Elegantimage. The Bob McIntosh trainee crushed her rivals in the Buckeye State this season and holds a record of six wins and $308,811 earned in eight starts as a three-year-old.   A daughter of Cash Hall, Only Take Cash won her Grand Circuit debut two starts back in a division of the Casual Breeze. Trevor Henry will guide the filly from the rail.   A trio of notables didn't have luck on their side in the post-position draw.   Simcoe winner Sisters Promise (PP8, Tim Tetrick) for trainer Linda Toscano, last year's Peaceful Way winner The Ice Dutchess (PP9, Yannick Gingras) for trainer Johansson and New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Evident Beauty (PP10, David Miller) for trainer 'Nifty' Norman drew posts eight through ten.   The $376,000 Elegantimage has been carded as Race 10.   Rookie trotters will also be on display for the $405,000 Peaceful Way and $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial.   Linda Toscano's Dip Me Hanover (PP3, David Miller) and Johansson's Panem (PP4, Dexter Dunn) captured last week's Peaceful Way eliminations for two-year-old trotting fillies.   The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 4.   Trainer Melander is set up nicely to capture his second consecutive Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colt and geldings. He swept last week's eliminations with Back Of The Neck (PP3, Mattias Melander) and Capricornus (PP4, Tim Tetrick).   The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 6.   Saturday evening's card will also feature the eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady.   A group of 14 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of $40,000 Metro eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies were separated into two $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady.   Capt Midnight has been steamrolling through stakes events this summer at Mohawk Park and will now look to add the prestigious Metro Pace to his collection. The Alagna trainee most recently won a division of the Champlain Stakes by 7 ¾ lengths in a stakes-record equaling time of 1:50.2.   A son of 2012 Metro winner Captaintreacherous, Capt Midnight is four for six with $192,819 earned and a mark of 1:49.4. Driver Andrew McCarthy will team up with the freshman from post-seven in the second elimination.   Johansson trainee Tall Dark Stranger enters the Metro eliminations with a perfect four for four record. The son of Bettors Delight has crushed Ontario Sires Stakes rivals in his previous two starts to bring his earnings to $104,533.   Tall Dark Stranger, who's average margin of victory is nearly three-lengths, holds a mark of 1:51.1 and will be driven by Yannick Gingras from post-two in the first elimination.   The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $750,000 Metro Pace final on September 21. The eliminations have been carded as Races 3 and 9.   The Alagna barn will also send out the top contender in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations.   Identical to Capt Midnight, Reflect With Me has cruised through her series and stakes at Mohawk Park over the last six weeks, including a stakes record 1:51.1 victory in last weekend's Champlain Stakes.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous is four for six with $139,068 earned and a mark of 1:50.3. Alagna will again have the driving services of McCarthy and the duo will start from post-three in the second elimination.   Bettors Delight filly Alicorn has turned many heads this season with multiple Ontario Sires Stakes records. The Chantal Mitchell trainee has won four of seven starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation, and holds a mark of 1:50.3.   Alicorn established an Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1:51 on July 19 and broke her own record in her most-recent start on August 30 with the 1:50.3 mile.   Louis Philippe Roy will drive the Mitchell trainee from post-four in the first elimination.   The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $540,000 final on September 21. The eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2.   The Milton Stakes for older pacing mares will not require eliminations this weekend with 10 pacing mares entered. All 10 advanceto the $250,000 final on September 21.   Superstar Shartin N is the star attraction for this year's Milton Stakes. The Jim King trained six-year-old has won 14 of 15 starts this season and is currently the top-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown Top 10 poll with all 35 first-place votes.   The group of 10 for the Milton Stakes is listed below in alphabetical order.   Apple Bottom Jeans Bettors Up Caviart Ally Double A Mint Kendall Seelster Kissin In The Sand Seaswift Joy N Shartin N Shower Play Youaremycandygirl   Post time for this Saturday's $2 million card is 7:30 p.m. Click here to view the entries and early program pages.   For more information, visit   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  February 15, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of today's (February 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park. Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers, Canada's richest Standardbred race. Below is the full list of events with nominations closing today (February 15): Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace) Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old trot) Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old pace) Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot) Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot) Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due today for the following events: Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-year-old trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-year-old trot, non-winners of $75,000, fillies $100,000, in 2018) Clinton Raceway: Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-year-old filly pace, non-winners of $50,000 in 2018) The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for today's closing, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - February 8, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of the new conditions for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage ahead of the February 15 deadline for nominations. The events for three-year-old trotters will no longer require eliminations, as the top ten (10) highest lifetime money-earners entered will contest the finals on Saturday, September 14 at Mohawk Park. Woodbine Entertainment will recognize Canadian and American earnings as equal. (Example: A horse with $100,000 earned in the US and a horse with $100,000 earned in Canada will be recognized as having the same earnings) Trotters entered that fall outside the top ten (10) in earnings will be eligible for a consolation. The consolation will be contested for 10 per cent of the event's purse pool (before entry fees) and requires a minimum of eight starters. If a declared trotter fails to be among the top ten (10) lifetime money earners and a consolation does not fill, or a trotter falls outside the top twenty (20) earners, all stakes payments will be refunded to the owner of the horse, provided the horse meets the current qualifying standards at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The estimated purse for the Canadian Trotting Classic is $665,000, while the Elegantimage is $350,000. To review the stakes conditions for all Woodbine administrated events, click here. Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 15. To make payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - This year's edition of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic was a hoof-to-hoof harness racing heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. On Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Mets Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in second spot once Mets Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1.25-flat, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Mets Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. The 10-2 exactor returned $21 and a 10-2-8 triactor paid $91.60. A $1 superfecta (10-2-8-5) was worth $444.85. There was a pari-mutuel refund for Winning American, who had a broken equipment issue prior to the start of the race. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favourite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." Both Crystal Fashion and Tetrick had to work overtime to finally reel in a stubborn Mets Hall. "I went ahead and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane," he said. "We had a horse race to the wire, but today my horse outgrinded him. With Crystal, you never know for sure. He always gives a pretty good effort, but sometimes he can look at butterflies." Tonight, he stung like a bee. It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms LLC. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. "Very impressed," said Campbell. "Timmy did a great job getting him out of there to put him in good position. The horse, he digs. If he's got a target to go at, he goes after it. He's just been a tremendous horse to train this year." Crystal Fashion will soon head to the Bluegrass State for his next engagements. "He's been good at both two and three," said Campbell. "He seems to get better. He'll go down to Lexington and have two races there and then he'll go to the Breeders Crown." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

Crystal Fashion has not led any of his races this year prior to the final quarter-mile, but it's become crystal clear the gelding can find a way to win from there. Few 3-year-old trotters have kicked home better than Crystal Fashion, who has eight wins and three second-place finishes in 12 races this season. Over his past five races, no horse has trotted the final quarter-mile faster than Crystal Fashion. Over his past 10 starts, only three horses -- total -- have come home faster. Crystal Fashion, though, won all three of those races. "I'm really happy with the way he finishes his mile," trainer Jim Campbell said. "If he's got somebody in front of him, he'll track them down. He never gives up, just trots right to the end. "He's been really good that way. He takes really good care of himself, too. He's been nothing but a pleasure to train this year." Crystal Fashion's next opportunity to track down horses is Saturday in the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He will start from post 10 in an 11-horse field with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for Campbell and owner Fashion Farms. The race also includes Met's Hall, who has won the Simcoe Stakes and Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial in his two starts since finishing second to Atlanta in the Hambletonian, as well as 2017 O'Brien Award-winner Alarm Detector and 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. Saturday's card also includes the second meeting between harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego, in the C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters plus the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall-Window Willow who has earned $652,182 this year, has won six of his past seven races and heads to the Canadian Trotting Classic off a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Other victories include the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and his elimination for the Hambletonian, where he trotted the last quarter in :27.1 -- one-and-three-fifth seconds faster than anyone else -- to beat Atlanta by a neck in a 3-year-old gelding world-record 1:50.1. In the Hambletonian final, Crystal Fashion came home in :27.2, tied with Met's Hall for the best last quarter, but was unable to chase down Atlanta. He finished fourth, beaten by 1-1/4 lengths. "He didn't race as good the second heat as he did the first heat," Campbell said. "He didn't have any particular reason for it, he just wasn't as sharp. But he's put in great races every race for us, other than his second start when he finished second but scoped sick after the race. From that point on he's given us nothing but great efforts." Crystal Fashion has won 12 of 24 lifetime races, hit the board a total of 21 times, and earned $813,474. He came from off the lead in all but one of those career starts. "Racing him that way, you take the risk of somebody getting easy fractions on the front end and you're too far off, but you have to race the horse the way he likes to race too," Campbell said. "That's the way he likes to race. Timmy knows the horse really well and knows best how to race him. He's done a terrific job with him." Eliminations were unnecessary for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Campbell was happy to keep Crystal Fashion home in New Jersey for an extra week. "It was a good thing," Campbell said. "He's just been jogging (during his time off) and he'll train (today). He's been going pretty hard all year. He doesn't need much training." Racing begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named "The Atlanta" in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. Following is the field in post-position order for the Canadian Trotting Classic. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Missle Hill-David Miller-Tony Alagna 2-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3-You Know You Do-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 4-For A Dreamer-James MacDonald-Brad Maxwell 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Harry Poulton 6-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Ben Baillargeon 7-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Ben Baillargeon 8-Fiftydallarbill-Brett Miller-Bill Crone 9-Winning American-Louis Roy-Paul Reid 10-Crystal Fashion-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 11-Zephyr Kronos-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2018 - Over $2 million in purses will be up for grabs on a stakes-filled program this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds is the evening's richest event and one of eight stakes races (four finals, four eliminations) on the card. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters), $385,000 Peaceful Way (two-year-old filly trotters) and $340,000 Elegantimage (three-year-old filly trotters) complete the quartet of rich finals. The eliminations for the Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers) and Shes A Great Lady (two-year-old fillies) will also be contested with each event requiring two eliminations. Adding to the stacked program, Lazarus N, 'The Wonder from Down Under', will compete for just the third-time in North American and first-time since finishing second in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old is entered in the $34,000 Preferred. A total of 13-races will take place on Saturday's $2 million card. Here is a look at the feature events. $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic - Race 7 A field of 11 sophomore trotters will clash in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. Crystal Fashion (PP10, Tim Tetrick) and Mets Hall (PP2, Andy Miller) lead the field in earners with each having banked over $800,000. Trained by Jim Campbell, Crystal Fashion captured the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship in his last outing on September 2. The gelded son of Cantab Hall has won seven of his last eight starts with his only loss during the run begin a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian final. Mets Hall comes into the Trotting Classic on a two-race win streak with victories in the $169,183 Simcoe on September 1 at Mohawk Park and $350,000 Zweig Memorial on August 17 at Vernon. The Julie Miller trainee is three for seven on the season. The overflow field for Saturday's rich event also includes last season's O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill (PP8, Brett Miller). Trainers Ben Baillargeon and Jimmy Takter will each send out a pair of starters. Alarm Detector joins Ontario Sires Stakes standout Run Director (PP7, Sylvain Filion) to make up the Baillargeon duo, while Takter's duo consists of last year's rookie sensation You Know You Do (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Italian-bred Zephyr Kronos (PP11, Takter). The Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 7 and post time is approximately 9:31 p.m. $340,000 Elegantimage - Race 10 Arguably the most-anticipated race of the evening, the Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies is round-two in the Atlanta vs. Manchego rivalry. The Hambletonian champion Atlanta (PP6, Scott Zeron) and Oaks champion Manchego (PP2, Gingras) met for the first-time this season on August 24 at Mohawk Park in the Casual Breeze. Takter trainee Manchego came out on top in their first-meeting, improving her 2018 record to six wins in nine starts. Rick Zeron trained Atlanta finished second in the Casual Breeze and currently sports a record of six wins and two runner-up finishes in eight starts this season. Manchego and Atlanta finished more than 10 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher in the Casual Breeze, but that likely won't happen again Saturday. Trond Smedshammer trainee Phaetosive (PP1, Smedshammer) joins the mix for the Elegantimage and comes in off a victory in the PASS Championship. The daughter of Explosive Matter is five for seven this season and finished second to Manchego in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. No eliminations were required for the Elegantimage, as only the connections of four other trotting fillies were brave enough to tackle the star fillies. The Elegantimage is carded as Race 10 with an approximate post time of 10:40 p.m. $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial - Race 5 Marcus Melander trainee Green Manalishi S posted an impressive elimination victory last Saturday and will likely be the morning-line choice in Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters. A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi (PP3, Tetrick) was a 1:54.4 gate-to-wire winner in his elimination. The Melander trainee improved to three for five with the career-best score. His richest payday to this point was a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Domenico Cecere trainee Union Forces (PP4, Scott Zeron) pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in last Saturday's other elimination. The son of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to power by the previously undefeated Swandre The Giant in 1:55.3. Union Forces is one of two Cecere trainees competing in the Wellwood final. Kings County (PP8, David Miller) finished second to Green Manalishi S in his elimination, which came on the heels of a Champlain Stakes score. All the hype heading into the Wellwood eliminations was focused on Swandre The Giant (PP7, Gingras), who was debuting for new connections and trainer Takter following a private purchase, reported to be in the "seven-digits" range. The son of Swan For All surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second for the first-loss of his career. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5 and post time is approximately 8:46 p.m. $385,000 Peaceful Way - Race 3 Elimination winners The Ice Dutchess (PP3, Gingras) and Sisters Promise (PP4, Tetrick) lead the field of 10 rookie trotting fillies for the Peaceful Way. Takter trainee The Ice Dutchess got back on track in her elimination after making back-to-back breaks. The daughter of Muscle Hill was competing for the first-time in a wagering event with trotting hopples and made no mistakes for a 1:55.4 score. The Ice Dutchess will be searching for another rich victory on Saturday to go with her win in the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on August 4. Linda Toscano trainee Sisters Promise also won her elimination in 1:55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick came first-up and muscled by Takter trainee Susy (PP2, Takter) for her second win in four starts. The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 3 and post time is approximately 8:05 p.m. Metro Pace Eliminations - Races 1 and 2 This year's Metro Pace has attracted 17 rookie pacing colts and geldings. The group of 17 have been split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the final on September 22. This year's Metro Pace final will go for a purse of $890,000, the highest purse for the event since 2012. The first split is headlined by Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP6, Miller), who suffered a surprising defeat in last Friday's Champlain Stakes. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party is four for six on the season and has multiple Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories, a Grand Circuit win and a Canadian Record to his name. His loss in the Champlain was the first-time another horse beat him to the wire, as his only other loss came via disqualification. Cruise Captain, who beat Stag Party in the Champlain, will also line up in the first-split. The Victor Puddy trained son of Captaintreacherous had been battling in PASS most of the summer before coming back to Mohawk Park and breaking his maiden in the Champlain. The second Metro elimination will feature a showdown between Captaintreacherous colts Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) and De Los Cielos Deo (PP8, Gingras). Tony Alagna trainee Captain Ahab is a perfect six for six entering his elimination with his most recent victories coming in the Champlain and Nassagaweya Stakes. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, 'Ahab' has made four of his six starts at Mohawk Park. Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo started his career five for five before finishing second in the PASS Championship on September 1. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo will be making his first start outside Pennsylvania. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 7:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Shes A Great Lady Eliminations - Races 6 and 8 A competitive group of 19 rookie pacing fillies will battle in a pair of $35,000 eliminations Saturday to qualify for the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final on September 22. The Alagna stable sends out the strong duo of Captaintreacherous fillies Treacherous Reign (PP2, McCarthy) and Key West (PP10, Brett Miller) in the first split. Treacherous Reign will be making her Mohawk Park debut and enters off a fourth-place finish in the PASS Championship on September 1. The $50,000 Lexington Selected purchase is four for six and holds an impressive mark of 1:51.1. Key West will be making her fifth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. The $130,000 Lexington Selected buy is three for six and has Grand Circuit victories in a division of the Kindergarten and Eternal Camnation. Her most recent start was a fourth-place finish in last Friday's Champlain, which marked the first-time she didn't finish in the top-two. The first elimination also features Queen Of The Pride (PP5, David Miller), who returns to Mohawk Park off a victory in last Saturday's Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Scioto Downs for trainer Kevin Lare. Her last visit to Mohawk Park was a third-place finish in a division of the Eternal Camnation on August 25. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip (PP2, Jody Jamieson) headlines the second elimination. A daughter of Sportswriter, Quebec Blue Chip is six for eight and riding a five-race win streak. Her victories during the win streak include divisions of the Champlain, Eternal Camnation and the final of the $163,840 Battle of the Belles. The Alagna barn continues their strong representation in the eliminations with Tall Drink Hanover (PP5, McCarthy) lining up in the second split. The daughter of Captaintreacherous is three for six with victories in a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Sportswriter filly Deb (PP8, Trevor Henry) is the other Grand Circuit winner in the second elimination. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee scored an upset victory in a division of the Champlain last Friday. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 8. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 9:06 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Lazarus N to race again at Mohawk Park - Race 9 Lazarus N's visit to Canada has been extended by another start. 'The Wonder from Down Under' will compete in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace and has drawn post-seven in a field of nine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N suffered his first-loss on North American soil when he surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second to McWicked in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. The Pacing Derby has been Lazarus N's only start since his North American debut on August 10. Takter noted after the Pacing Derby that the six-year-old needed some more North American racing experience. "I trained him a fast mile last week at home but that is not the same as having a race, especially with an older horse like him," said Takter to the New Zealand Herald after the Pacing Derby. "So missing an elimination last week didn't help and I honestly think it will still take him another two or three races up here learning how we race to get used to it." Regular driver Yannick Gingras will again sit behind Lazarus N. Nirvana Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) is the only other Canadian Pacing Derby finalist in the field. American Wiggle (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) captured last Saturday's Preferred. The Preferred Pace has been carded as Race 9 and post time is approximately 10:15 p.m. Details for Saturday at Mohawk Park A special post time of 7:25 p.m. has been set for Saturday's $2 million card. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named 'The Atlanta' in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2018 - Superstar trotting filly Atlanta will be honoured this Saturday (September 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for her victory in this year's Hambletonian. The Rick Zeron trained three-year-old trotting filly will be competing in Saturday's $340,000 Elegantimage, which is part of the $1.8 million Canadian Trotting Classic card. The first 1,000 fans to arrive at Mohawk Park for live racing will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring a Claus Andersen photo of Atlanta and driver Scott Zeron winning the Hambletonian. The postcard includes signatures from driver Scott Zeron and trainer Rick Zeron. Woodbine will also be serving a special cocktail in the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen, Trackside Bar and Terrace Buffet named 'The Atlanta'. The drink is a Georgia Peach and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Brad Grant, a co-owner of Atlanta, is a Co-Chair of the Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF). Fans can purchase 'The Atlanta' for $6 (plus taxes), while a non-alcoholic version of the drink will also be available for $4 (plus taxes). Atlanta became the first-filly in 22 years to win the Hambletonian when she captured the $1 million final on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Her victory gave longtime Woodbine trainer/driver Rick Zeron his first Hambletonian title and former Woodbine leading driver Scott Zeron his second. The Woodbine Cares team will also be kicking off a 50/50 raffle Saturday to raise funds for the MDHF. Full details regarding the 50/50 raffle will be released later this week.  Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and fans will be able to pick up their Atlanta postcard near the program desk on the main level. The first 300 fans will receive a free program. The second annual New Owners Seminar will also take place ahead of Saturday's card. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room and is open to anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:25 p.m. For more information, visit by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications        

MILTON, ON - September 4, 2018 - The entry box for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes closed Tuesday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park with neither event requiring eliminations. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-old trotters attracted 11 entries, while the $340,000 Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies received seven entries. All entrants advance directly to the finals to be contested on Saturday, September 15. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Crystal Fashion and Zweig Memorial champion Mets Hall headline the field of 11 for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Trained by Jim Campbell, Crystal Fashion has earned $652,182 this season to bring his career earnings to $813,474, which is the highest in the field. The son of Cantab Hall has won eight of 12 this season, including the $500,000 final of the Earl Beal Memorial, an elimination of the Hambletonian and most recently the $253,000 PASS Championship. Mets Hall is also a son of Cantab Hall and entering the Trotting Classic on a strong roll. The Julie Miller trainee captured the $169,183 Simcoe Stakes last Saturday at Mohawk Park, which came two-weeks after winning the $350,000 Zweig Memorial. A winner of $808,499 lifetime, Mets Hall has earned $541,364 this season with his biggest payday coming from his runner-up finish in the $1 million Hambletonian final. He has won three of seven starts this season. The field for the Canadian Trotting Classic also includes O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector and last year's Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The $340,000 Elegantimage Stakes will be the next showdown between superstars Atlanta and Manchego. The Hambletonian champion and Oaks champion clashed for the first-time this season on August 24 at Mohawk Park with Manchego winning the Casual Breeze Stakes. The next chapter in the Atlanta-Manchego rivalry will also feature the addition of Hambletonian Oaks  runner-up Phaetosive. The Trond Smedshammer trainee enters the Elegantimage off a victory in Sunday evening's PASS Championship and is five for seven this season with $397,864 earned to bring her career earnings to $675,604. Hambletonian champion Atlanta is six for eight this season with her only losses coming to Manchego in the Casual Breeze and Trotting Classic entrant Crystal Fashion in an elimination of the Hambletonian. The Rick Zeron trained filly has earned $737,234 this season. Jimmy Takter trainee Manchego leads the fillies in career earnings with $1.4 million earned in 21 career starts. The Hambletonian Oaks champion has six wins and $517,722 earned in nine starts this season. The Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes will be joined by the finals of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way on September 15 for a card featuring more than $1.8 million in purses. Below are the complete fields for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage. Fields are listed in alphabetical order. $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Alarm Detector (Trainer: Ben Baillargeon) Crystal Fashion (Trainer: Jim Campbell) Fiftydallarbill (Trainer: William Crone) For A Dreamer (Trainer: Brad Maxwell) Lawmaker (Trainer: Harry Poulton) Mets Hall (Trainer: Julie Miller) Missle Hill (Trainer: Tony Alagna) Run Director (Trainer: Ben Baillargeon) Winning American (Trainer: Paul Reid) You Know You Do (Trainer: Jimmy Takter) Zephyr Kronos (Trainer: Jimmy Takter) $340,000 Elegantimage Alloveragain (Trainer: John Bax) Atlanta (Trainer: Rick Zeron) Blonde Magic (Trainer: Tom Durand) Jordan Blue Chip (Trainer: Mike Keeling) Manchego (Trainer: Jimmy Takter) Phaetosive (Trainer: Trond Smedshammer) Sneeker Hanover (Trainer: Duane Marfisi) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Fiftydallarbill has spent nearly two months at home in Indiana, but the 2017 Breeders Crown champion is preparing for a return to the Grand Circuit following Thursday's $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park. The colt, unbeaten in his past four races, is being pointed toward next month's Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's had a good year so far," said Bill Crone, who trains Fiftydallarbill for owner John Barnard. "But you have to take one race at a time because you never know what's going to happen. "But he's been doing real good. We like him a lot." What's not to like? Fiftydallarbill has won six of nine races this year, finished second once, and earned $153,697. His only off-the-board finishes came when he went off stride; the first time in the final of the Goodtimes Stakes and the second time in his elimination of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. In the Beal, he was interfered with on the backstretch but rallied to finish fourth. He missed qualifying for the final by a nose. A week later, he won the consolation division of the event in 1:52.1 to begin his current win streak. "I wish he would have been in the final at Pocono, but he was lucky that he got up for fourth as it was," Crone said. "He made up a lot of ground to do that and just missed getting to the final." Fiftydallarbill, a son of Swan For All out of CR Dixie Chick, has won 13 of 26 career races and earned $612,647. All but one of his eight career off-the-board finishes came in races when he went off stride. Five of those races occurred last year at age 2. "He's really developed a lot more," Crone said. "He's a real solid horse. Last year he was a little touchy, this year he's real solid. He goes where he's got to go. He doesn't win by a lot when he doesn't have to. He just stays ahead of that horse that's coming at him, and that's all he worries about." Last year, Fiftydallarbill never left Indiana, with his only winning Grand Circuit appearance, the Breeders Crown final, coming at Hoosier Park (he was second in his Crown elimination). In his other Grand Circuit race, the Ralph Wilfong Memorial at the Indiana State Fair, he broke stride and finished a distant tenth. This year, his trip to the Canadian Trotting Classic will be his third Grand Circuit trip beyond the state lines. He also will return to Pocono for the Breeders Crown in October. First, Fiftydallarbill will face nine rivals in the Indiana Sire Stakes on Thursday. The colt, with Hoosier Park leading driver Trace Tetrick in the sulky, will start from post three. Katkin American, who finished second to Fiftydallarbill in each of the past three races, leaves from post eight on Thursday with James Yoder driving for trainer Verlin Yoder. In his three previous races, Fiftydallarbill started from unfavorable posts (eight twice, nine once) and twice competed on an off track. "I like his desire," Crone said. "He goes out there to win. If he's back a ways, when you pull him he just goes until he gets by that front horse. If he's in front, he just stays ahead of them. He's just a real nice horse." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16... What The Hill, who was disqualified after winning this year's Hambletonian for interference, converted off of a similar pocket trip to find redemption with a 1:51.4 stakes record victory in the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke pupil followed behind Long Tom and driver Tim Tetrick as they posted fractions of :27.1, :55.4 for the half and 1:23.3 for three-quarters. Into the stretch, driver David Miller angled What The Hill off cover and fed the colt open racetrack where he was quick to respond. What The Hill then breezed past Long Tom to capture the rich final and also earn a new speed badge in the process. Dover Dan rallied to finish second, three lengths behind the victor. Long Tom faded to third. "I figured I would be following Timmy there (Tetrick and Long Tom) and I was only hoping that someone didn't try to remove on him," said Miller from the winner's circle. "But the trip worked out great. The horse that was first in, I believe was Bills Man. He didn't get to us so I was able to sit in right to the head of the stretch and then my horse exploded." What The Hill lowered the stakes record by three-fifths of a second which was previously held by Majestic Son (2006), Lucky Chucky (2010), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013) for their 1:52.2 victories. The 1:51.4 clocking was also one-fifths of a second off of the track and Canadian record. "I was flabbergasted that no one came out and let them go to three-quarters in the race they did and let David get out this time," said co-owner Jerry Silva, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic with What The Hill's sire Muscle Hill. "Not like in the Hambo when they were all alongside of him and we got disqualified for the first time in 92 years, which I still have doubts about them disqualifying us in that race." What The Hill notched his fifth victory of the season and eighth lifetime. With the win, the trotting colt now boasts career earnings of $630,747 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms. What The Hill paid $7.60, $5.10, and $3.70, combining with Dover Dan ($8, $4.80) for a $ 35.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Long Tom, $4.20) triactor was worth $292, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-2 (Bills Man)] returned $474.80. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - Harness racing trainer Paul Reid has a trio of competitors shining during the Grand Circuit festival at Mohawk Racetrack, including Dancer Hall competing in the $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic this Saturday (September 16) at Mohawk Racetrack. A winner of seven races in 15 starts, Dancer Hall enters the Canadian Trotting Classic final for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. off a second-place finish in his elimination (to Bills Man). The colt by Deweycheatumnhowe from the Amigo Hall mare Daylon Mystique has earned $76,160 this season. Dancer Hall joined the Reid barn back in the spring after winning three of five starts as a rookie. "He came up sore after the Valley Victory, and he had some issues going up to that where he wasn't sound enough to get a lot of starts in him," Reid said of his abbreviated two-year-old season. "Once I got him and trained him a bit, I had a pretty good idea that he was a nice horse. "He still had some issues we had to iron out--we played around with his rigging a bit and later on I added the hopples. He always felt like he had the speed, but we weren't quite getting it all out of him." Since receiving Dancer Hall, Reid has been conditioning him purely in preparation for the Canadian Trotting Classic, where he will start from post eight. "He was a little sick the start before [his elimination], so we were hoping he would be sharp enough and he was; Doug [Mcnair] drove him great. He's coming out of the [elim] well--right now he's the sharpest he's been all year. It seems like we have the soundness issues under control and now, with the eight hole, we're going to need a little racing luck." The Reid barn will also send out three-year-old trotting filly Sweet Of My Heart in Saturday's $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes. The Angus Hall filly out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sweetheart K, has won five times in 16 starts, earning $216,162 for owner-breeder Rob Key. Prior to her start in the Elegantimage elimination, Sweet Of My Heart broke in the $166,872 Simcoe Stakes when hitting the wheel of another horse moving into the first turn. She was fifth to morning line-favourite Ariana G in her Elegantimage elimination and will start from post five in the final. "I know she gunned out of there in 27 flat; I think she was a little too wound up that night [in the Elegantimage elimination]," Reid said. "When [Jody Jamieson] shut her down, he might've shut her air off a little bit, because she's had some front trips but she's never stopped that bad on the front. We're going to try a new overcheck on her this week and see if that can help keep her a bit more controllable." While the Reid barn is focused on their trotters competing this weekend, they can't help but think ahead to next weekend when star rookie pacing filly Kendall Seelster will compete in the $500,000 Shes A Great. Only eight fillies were entered in the event, which meant eliminations were not necessary. Kendall Seelster, by Shadow Play out of the Bettors Delight mare Kiddie Cocktail, enters the Shes A Great Lady off a 1:52.4 off-the-pace victory in a $125,800 Ontario Sires Stake Gold Division at Mohawk Racetrack. "She's had some tough weeks here recently, so I think [the off week] is going to help us," Reid said. "I'd like to take credit [for her improvement], but she's just a nice horse. She got some good trips that helped braven her up--those two-hole trips where she couldn't get out actually set her up well for the times she actually did [get out]." A winner of three races in eight starts, Kendall Seelster has earned $262,085 for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. Two starts ago, she broke Percy Bluechip's unbeaten record, upsetting a $169,381 Champlain division at 9-1 in a lifetime-best mile of 1:51.1. "She's actually a pretty easy filly to take care of; she has responded every week. We haven't really had to change anything with her since she baby raced--we let her hopples out a couple times, but it's been amazing to see what she's been able to do, and she's not a big filly either. She's a little temperamental in the post parade, but I can put up with that if she races the way she does." The Reid stable has been making plenty of noise in recent weeks at Mohawk. The conditioner has sent out 44 starters over the last 20 days, posting seven wins and 18 top-three finishes. Momentum is key in any discipline and could help Dancer Hall and Sweet Of My Heart to strong finishes in Saturday's rich finals. Here are the fields for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Morning Line $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Cobra (M. Kakaley/R. Burke) 20-1 2. Bills Man (C. Callahan/J. Butenschoen) 4-1 3. Dover Dan (B. Miller/J. Butenschoen) 9-2 4. What The Hill (D. Miller/R. Burke) 7-2 5. International Moni (S. Zeron/F. Antonacci) 3-1 6. Seven And Seven (S. Filion/T. Durand) 12-1 7. Long Tom (T. Tetrick/M. Melander) 6-1 8. Dancer Hall (D. McNair/P. Reid) 10-1 9. Victor Gio IT (Y. Gingras/J. Takter) 12-1 10. Lindy The Great (M. MacDonald/F. Antonacci) 15-1 AE: Dunbar Hall (J. Jamieson/C. Jamieson) 30-1   $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes 1. Winter Sweet Frost (D. McNair/R. Boyd) 15-1 2. Lady Grey (P. MacDonell/C. Beelby) 30-1 3. Dream Together (D. Dube/L. Blais) 4-1 4. Ariana G (Y. Gingras/J. Takter) 1-2 5. Sweet Of My Heart (J. Jamieson/P. Reid) 20-1 6. Glitzey Gal (D. Miller/R. Norman) 20-1 7. Magic Presto (T. Henry/R. Norman) 8-1 8. Feed Your Head (L. Roy/J. Takter) 6-1 9. Dream Baby Dream (R. Allen/R. Allen) 12-1 10. On A Sunny Day (S. Filion/L. Blais) 15-1 AE: Mrstery Bear (D. Miller/G. Hebert) 30-1 Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot headline an outstanding $2.1 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The undercard for Saturday includes the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes, $256,000 Milton Stakes and three eliminations for the Metro Pace. The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic features a talented field of 10 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, while 10 of the finest older trotters in the sport will compete in the $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Trainer John Butenschoen swept last week's eliminations and now looks to finish the job with Bills Man (PP2, Corey Callahan) and Dover Dan (PP3, Brett Miller) in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Corey Callahan steered both Butenschoen trainees to victory last week and has decided to drive Bills Man in Saturday's rich final. "I'll likely stick with Bills Man," said Callahan immediately following the eliminations. "I think he's the fastest of the two, even though (Dover Dan) went a bigger heat tonight, I think just pure speed wise, Bills Man is just a little bit quicker." Bills Man won his elimination by a neck in 1:53.2 over longshot Dancer Hall. The son of Credit Winner is three for 14 this season with five runner-up finishes, including a narrow defeat by a nose in an elimination of the Hambletonian. Bills Man has earned $248,986 earned this season for owners William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware LLC. Dover Dan won his elimination by almost a length in 1:52.3. The son of Andover Hall came into the Trotting Classic elimination off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan is 4 for 14 this season with $229,148 earned. Brett Miller picks up the drive behind the elimination winner. The Canadian Trotting Classic field also includes Goodtimes Stakes champion International Moni (PP5, Scott Zeron). The Frank Antonacci trainee finished third, beat three-quarters of length, in the elimination won by Dover Dan. A son of French stallion Love You and the great mare Moni Maker, International Moni is five for eight this season with three of his victories coming at Mohawk in the Goodtimes (elimination and final) and Simcoe Stakes. Another notable in the Trotting Classic is What The Hill (PP4, David Miller), who was the original winner of this year's Hambletonian before being disqualified for interference. The Ron Burke trainee finished third in his elimination and was making just his first start since the Hambletonian on August 5. The Canadian Trotting Classic field is completed by Southwind Cobra (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Seven And Seven (PP6, Doug McNair), Long Tom (PP7, Tim Tetrick), Dancer Hall (PP8, Doug McNair), Victor Gio IT (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Lindy The Great (PP10, Mark MacDonald). The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 5. The Maple Leaf Trot could be the site of a little redemption, as last year's runner-up Hannelore Hanover (PP5, Gingras) is the probable favourite to win the $593,000 event. The five-year-old trotting mare captured her elimination impressively by more than two-lengths in 1:52. It was the fifth win in nine outings this season for the Burke trainee. A winner of over $1.8 million lifetime, Hannelore Hanover sports a stunning career record of 31 wins in 50 starts. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Mohawk has been a favourite spot for Hannelore Hanover over the past two seasons. She is eight for nine at the Campbellville oval, with her only loss coming in last year's Maple Leaf Trot. "She likes the track no doubt about it," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's elimination victory. "She's a big track mare...she's a big strong mare, she likes to stretch her legs and she seems to like this place a lot." Hannelore Hanover is not the only mare in the field, as Jimmy Takter sends out Pasithea Face (PP3, Tim Tetrick). The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill came to North America this summer after finding plenty of success in Sweden. Pasithea Face has won two of five starts since coming to North America, including posting a 1:50.4 score last month at Tioga. The Takter trainee finished fifth in her elimination, which was her first start against male rivals. Hannelore Hanover and Pasithea Face will look to become the first mare since Bee A Magician in 2015 to win the Maple Leaf Trot and second since Peaceful Way in 2006. The other elimination winner with plenty of momentum heading into Saturday is Antonacci trainee Mambo Lindy (PP4, Tetrick). The six-year-old gelding pulled off a 26-1 upset in his elimination, winning in a career-best 1:52.2. Mambo Lindy had raced exclusively this season at PlainridgePark in Massachusetts prior to trying the Maple Leaf Trot. He is currently eight for 11 this season with $84,000 earned for owner Greathorse of Hampden, MA. Overall, Mambo Lindy is 22 for 36 lifetime with $175,260 earned. An All-Star field for the Maple Leaf Trot is completed by Windsun Revenge (PP1, Rick Zeorn), Odds On Amethyst (PP2, Pat Hudon), JL Cruze (PP6, D. Miller), Warrawee Roo (PP7, Sylvain Filion), Homicide Hunter (PP8, B. Miller), Musical Rhythm (PP9, Marion Baillargeon) and Gural Hanover (PP10, D. Miller). The $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 9. Saturday's card features many of the sport's top trotters, including superstar filly Ariana G. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill headlines the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes. Trained by Takter, Ariana G is undefeated against fillies this season, with her only two losses coming against male rivals when she finished second and third, respectively. Last week, she won her elimination by nearly five-lengths in 1:53.2. Owned and bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is 17 for 21 overall with $1.4 million in career earnings. She will start from post-four with driver Gingras in Saturday's contest. Pacers will also have a chance to shine Saturday, as a loaded field of 10 older pacing mares will battle in the $256,000 Milton Stakes. Four-year-old Pure Country was one of two elimination winners last week, as she took her split in 1:50. The winner of over $2.1 million is currently riding a three-race win streak and has hit her best stride in the second-half of her four-year-old campaign. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country will start from post-three with driver Mark MacDonald. The other elimination winner is Blue Moon Stride, who struck for a mild 7-1 upset last Friday in 1:50. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old is three for 12 this season and a career-earner of $826,421. David Miller will steer the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from post-two. Reigning Milton Stakes champion Lady Shadow will look to rebound after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the elimination won by Blue Moon Stride. The six-year-old mare is six for eight this season and has 34 career-wins and $2.1 million in career earnings. Lady Shadow, who earlier this season won her third consecutive Roses Are Red Stakes, will start from the rail with Gingras in the sulky. Saturday's undercard will also feature three eliminations for the Metro Pace. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered on Tuesday morning. They have been split into three $40,000 eliminations with the top-three finishers in each, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, advancing to the $816,000 final on Saturday, September 23. Saturday's All-Star card gets underway at 7:30 p.m. A free program proof containing the charted lines and entries for Saturday's $2 million card can be viewed by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

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