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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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - The harness racing team of driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen connected to capture both eliminations of the Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 13 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into two $40,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 16) $684,000 final. The first elimination saw Bills Man charge home in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2 for Callahan and Butenschoen. The son of Credit Winner got away fourth with Callahan and would sit in that position until the final turn. Victor Gio IT showed the way, posting fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.2. What The Hill enjoyed a two-hole trip and was angled out of the pocket approaching three-quarters, which provided cover for a moving Bills Man. In the stretch, What The Hill took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go, but couldn't fight off Bills Man on the outside and Dancer Hall on the inside. Bills Man would reach the wire first, defeating Dancer Hall by a neck. "I knew I had (What The Hill) beat and then I saw (Dancer Hall) sneaking up through there, but the horse had plenty of trot," said Callahan about the victory. "The main thing is we just wanted to get through there error free." Lindy The Great got up for fourth, while Victor Gio IT dropped back to finish fifth. Owned by William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware LLC, Bills Man has had a lot of close calls, including a loss by a nose in his Hambletonian elimination. He was winless in his last nine coming into Saturday. "He's had a lot of bad luck," said Callahan. "You know you don't get many chances to win the Hambletonian and he raced his heart out in the elimination and then drew post 10 and I mean that was really a heartbreaker. "He puts forth his best effort and he's going to have his day." Bills Man is now three for 14 with $248,986 earned this season, which boosts his career totals to five wins and $319,427 in lifetime earnings. The Butenschoen trainee paid $7.20 to win. Bills Man The same duo would return to the winner's circle in the second split, but this time it was a front-end mission that got the job done. Dover Dan went coast-to-coast for a 1:52.3 victory. The son of Andover Hall shot out quickly to the lead and proceeded to hang up fractions of :27.4 :56.1 and 1:24.1. Long Tom and International Moni sat second and third, respectively, throughout the early-going, but both were moved to the outside nearing three-quarters. In the stretch, Dover Dan dug in to fight off his outside rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Long Tom finished second, while International Moni was third. Seven And Seven finished two-lengths behind the winner in fourth, while Southwind Cobra was fifth to make the final. Owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan came into Saturday's contest with plenty of momentum after winning last Sunday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. "He's always been better for me when you leave with him a little bit and kind of get him interested," said Callahan. "I told John (Butenschoen) ahead of the race that Scotty (Zeron - International Moni) usually kind of ducks his horse off, so I was going to push off and hopefully follow Tetrick (Long Tom), but he was content to follow me and I kept the fractions honest and everything worked out good." Dover Dan's victory improves his three-year-old record to four wins in 14 starts and nearly $230,000 earned. The Butenschoen trainee sports career totals of eight wins and $352,047 earned. Dover Dan paid $14.40 to win. Dover Dan Forced to choose which elimination winner he will drive in next week's final, Callahan wasn't shy in sharing which direction he will likely go. "I'll likely stick with Bills Man. 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." Trainer Butenschoen also had a decision to make, as he got to select which posts his duo will start from in the final. Bills Man will start from post two, while Dover Dan will start from post three. The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final will take place next Saturday (September 16). It joins the Maple Leaf Trot to make up a huge night of racing with purses expected to top $2 million. The three-year-old trotting fillies also had a chance to shine on Saturday evening in a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage. As expected, Ariana G took care of business in the first elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Muscle Hill and winner of over $1.4 million got away fifth before moving first-up at the half. She cleared to the lead at three-quarters in 1:25.4, before trotting home effortlessly in :27.3 to win by nearly five-lengths in 1:53.2. Coming in off a strong victory in last week's Casual Breeze, Gingras thought Ariana G was even better on Saturday. "Last week she was very good, but I think tonight she was vicious." Magic Presto finished second, while On A Sunny Day was third. Lady Grey and Sweet Of My Heart rounded out the top-five finishers. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is now eight for 10 this season with $645,027 earned and 17 for 20 overall. Ariana G paid $2.10 to win. Ariana G The second elimination saw Dream Together turn in a :27.1 final-quarter to track down Feed Your Head and win in 1:53.3. Driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Luc Blais, Dream Together got a three-hole ride, as Feed Your Head got her way on the front. The Takter trainee posted fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4 to lead into the lane. Dream Together avoided a three-quarter breaking Thats All Moni and then found her best stride in the lane. The Blais trainee rocketed home and zoomed by Feed Your Head to win by two lengths. "Got away third and moved her late and she responded well," said Dube, who had last drove Dream Together in the Hambletonian Oaks. "The last time at The Meadowlands I left and moved first over and she raced real good and now she finally got a better trip and raced good." Winter Sweet Frost finished third, while Glitzey Gal was fourth. Dream Baby Dream made a break at the start, but recovered to finish fifth after a few others made miscues. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together picked up just her second win of the season, but has been consistent all year. She's hit the board in seven of eight starts and earned $130,341. Dream Together is now a six-time winner with career earnings of $230,934 for owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. She paid $8.30 to win. Dream Together The $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes final will also take place next Saturday. The finals for both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in each event. $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Bills Man by Credit Winner 3. Dover Dan by Andover Hall 4. What The Hill by Muscle Hill 5. International Moni by Love You 6. Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven 7. Long Tom by Muscle Hill 8. Dancer Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 9. Victor Gio IT by Ready Cash 10. Lindy The Great by Crazed AE: Dunbar Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe   $385,000 Elegantimage 1. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 2. Lady Grey by Muscle Hill 3. Dream Together by Muscle Hill 4. Ariana G by Muscle Hill 5. Sweet Of My Heart by Angus Hall 6. Glitzey Gal by Muscle Hill 7. Magic Presto by Kadabra 8. Feed Your Head by Muscle Hill 9. Dream Baby Dream by Muscle Hill 10. On A Sunny Day by Muscle Mass AE: Mrstery Bear by Majestic Son Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - The eliminations for several harness racing events, including the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic, were drawn Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. An All-Star group of 15 older trotters were entered in this year's Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 sophomore colts and geldings. The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations will take place on Friday (September 8) and will feature two $40,000 splits, with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the $593,000 final. Friday's opening elimination (Race 8) is highlighted by a pair of trotting mares. Hannelore Hanover (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Pasithea Face (PP7, Tim Tetrick) will tackle the boys in search of becoming the latest female winner of Canada's most storied trotting race. The last mare to win the Maple Leaf Trot was Bee A Magician in 2015. Hannelore Hanover will be seeking redemption after finishing second in last year's event. The Ron Burke trained five-year-old has four wins and three seconds in eight starts this season to bring her career totals to 30 wins from 49 starts and over $1.8 million earned. Last year's Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner, Hannelore Hanover is seven for eight at Mohawk, including victories in the last two editions of the Armbro Flight. Pasithea Face is new to the North American racing scene, but has quickly made an impact. The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill was foaled and raced in Sweden before coming to North America this season. Pasithea Face racked up impressive victories and earnings in Sweden for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini prior to joining the Jimmy Takter barn a few months ago. Owned by Courant Inc, the five-year-old is two for four in North America with victories in the $176,250 Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands and a leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga, where she set a Track Record of 1:50.4. The first elimination is completed by Homicide Hunter (PP1, Brett Miller), Il Sogno Dream (PP2, Trevor Henry), Lookslikeachpndale (PP4, Dan Dube), Odds On Amethyst (PP5, Pat Hudon) and JL Cruze (PP6, David Miller). Defending champion Resolve (PP7) headlines the second elimination (Race 9). The Ake Svanstedt trainee is looking to become the first back-to-back Maple Leaf Trot winner since San Pail pulled off a three-peat in 2011. A six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Resolve is four for nine this season and is coming in off victories in the $170,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Tioga and $303,050 Cashman Memorial at The Meadowlands. Resolve's career totals currently sit at 18 wins and over $2.7 million earned for owner Hans Enggren. Marion Marauder (PP2, Scott Zeron), last year's Triple Crown hero, returns to Mohawk in the second split. The Mike Keeling-Paula Wellwood trainee is three for six this season and has certainly held his own since moving up to the older ranks. The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill is a 14-time winner with over $2.4 million earned for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The second elimination is rounded out by Crazy Wow (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Gural Hanover (PP3, Matt Kakaley), Mambo Lindy (PP4, Tim Tetrick), Musical Rhythm (PP5, Mario Baillargeon), Warrawee Roo (PP6, Sylvain Filion) and Windsun Revenge (PP8, Rick Zeron). The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations will open up Saturday evening's 12-race card as Races 1 and 2. Each elimination goes for a purse of $40,000 with the top-five finishers advancing to the $684,000 final. The opening split features a field of seven and is led by What The Hill (PP2, David Miller). The Ron Burke trained son of Muscle Hill will be making his first start since being disqualified from first in the Hambletonian final on August 5. What The Hill has won half of his eight starts this season and sports career totals of seven wins and $454,947 earned. The field for the first elimination also includes Bills Man (PP1, Corey Callahan), Dancer Hall (PP3, Doug McNair), Lindy The Great (PP4, Tim Tetrick), Victor Gio (PP5, Yannick Gingras), Try Try Again (PP6, Chris Christoforou) and Southwind Hydro (PP7, Marcus Johansson). International Moni (PP4, Scott Zeron) will look to continue his success at Mohawk in the second elimination. The Frank Antonacci trainee is a son of French stallion Love You and the great mare Moni Maker. International Moni captured last Saturday's $165,838 Simcoe Stakes to improve to three for three this season at Mohawk. Owned and bred by the Moni Maker Stable, International Moni is five for seven in 2017 to bring his career totals to six wins and $508,282 earned. The second elimination is completed by Seven And Seven (PP1, Doug McNair), Long Tom (PP2, Tim Tetrick), Dunbar Hall (PP3, Jody Jamieson), Dover Dan (PP5, Corey Callahan) and Southwind Cobra (PP6, Yannick Gingras). The elimination winners in both the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic earn the right to select their post for the final. The Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic finals will take place on Saturday, September 16. While Canada's two biggest trotting events are the main attraction, several other stakes eliminations and events are set for this weekend at Mohawk. Friday evening's card will also feature the eliminations for the Milton Stakes, as a tremendous group of 15 older pacing mares have been split into two $35,000 divisions. Double millionaires Pure Country and Lady Shadow headline the eliminations. A four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country (PP2, Mark MacDonald) is coming in hot to the first Milton elimination. The Jimmy Takter trainee is riding a two-race win streak with scores in the $158,000 Artiscape at Tioga and $200,400 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands. Sitting at two for eight this season, Pure Country is a 22-time winner with over $2.1 million in career earnings. Six-year-old Lady Shadow (PP7, Yannick Gingras) has been the talk of the division for quite some time and the daughter of Shadow Play is looking to repeat as Milton Stakes champion after capturing last year's edition. Debuting for new trainer Dave Menary, Lady Shadow comes into Friday's second elimination with six wins in seven starts this season. The champion mare added to her impressive list of accomplishments earlier this season by capturing the Roses Are Red Stakes at Mohawk for the third consecutive year. Lady Shadow is a 34-time winner with career earnings exceeding $2.1 million. The top five finishers from each Milton split will advance to the $256,000 final on September 16. The full fields for the Milton eliminations and Friday's card can be viewed by clicking here. Saturday evening's card also features the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations and the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. Ariana G headlines a group of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies entered in the Elegantimage. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill will start from post eight in Saturday's first elimination with driver Yannick Gingras. A winner of over $1.4 million, Ariana G is seven for nine this season and is coming in off a strong 1:53.1 victory in last Friday's $166,872 Simcoe Stakes. The Takter trainee is 16 for 20 lifetime. The top five finishers in the Elegantimage eliminations (Races 3 and 6) will advance to the $385,000 final on September 16. The annual Grand Circuit week at Mohawk concludes Saturday with $162,838 Simcoe for three-year-old pacers and the $163,872 Simcoe Filly for three-year-old pacing fillies. A field of 10 colts and geldings will meet in the Simcoe Open Stakes (Race 5). Dr. Ian Moore trainee Classic Pro (PP7, Trevor Henry) is the highest earner in the field with $414,799 earned lifetime. The Simcoe Filly Stakes features a field of nine and goes as Race 9. IdyllicBeach (PP4, Yannick Gingras) and Bettors Up (PP9, Doug McNair) headline the Grand Circuit event. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach is approaching $1 million in career earnings and is an 11-time winner for trainer Takter. Scott McEneny trainee Bettors Up captured this year's Fan Hanover Stakes and is a 9-time winner. The daughter of Bettors Delight has earned over $300,000 this season to bring her career earnings up to $550,028. The full fields for all of Saturday's races can be viewed by clicking here. The finals for all of this weekend's stakes eliminations will take place on Saturday, September 16. The card on that evening will feature purses of over $2 million. Post time for Friday and Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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

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