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

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

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 27 - Rockin In Heaven received the majority of the hype heading into the first leg of the Summertime Saturday night at Mohawk, but he needed every inch of determination to pull out the harness racing victory. A field of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested the $18,000 opening leg of the Summertime Series under rainy and windy conditions. Rockin In Heaven was returning to Mohawk for the first time since winning a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 6. In between "The Beach" and Saturday's contest, the Dr. Ian Moore trainee went south of the border and finished second in a New York Sires Stakes leg at Vernon Downs. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Rockin In Heaven got away in fourth and made a second-quarter brush to the front for driver Trevor Henry. Battling a strong headwind down the backstretch, Rockin In Heaven got the field down to the three-quarter pole in 1:27. Poisonous and driver Sylvain Filion came first up around the final turn and got on even terms with the favourite as they entered the stretch. After pacing by the eighth-pole side-by-side, Poisonous took a slight lead over Rockin In Heaven and appeared to be charging home to victory, but the public's choice dug deep to battle back in the final strides and win by a neck in 1:53.3. Rustys Overload finished third, while Official Prince rounded out the top-four. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Rockin In Heaven now has five wins from seven starts this season for owners Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Saturday's victory was the eighth overall for Rockin In Heaven and increased his career earnings to $93,977. A $2 win ticket on the favourite returned a profit of $0.60. The second leg of the Summertime Series will take place next Saturday (July 4). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 23 - Wakizashi Hanover's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was the highlight of a harness racing record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday's 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night's wager was up 24.9 per cent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014. A total of $681,716 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race, a 43.8 per cent increase over the race handle on the 2014 edition. On track, Mohawk Racetrack was packed from wall to wall with an attendance of approximately 12,000 people, which helped elevate the on track handle 20.6 per cent in comparison to last year's Cup. Fans and horseplayers were entertained all evening with a fantastic card of harness racing, live music, food trucks and giveaways. The hashtag #NACup was a top trend in the Toronto area Saturday evening and was also trending across Canada. Live racing continues at Mohawk every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all summer long. Post time each night is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20 - Wrangler Magic delivered the performance of her harness racing career to win the $479,000 Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk. A impressive field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies, including 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady, lined up to contest the Fan Hanover. Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion showed early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Sassa Hanover, who handed JK Shesalady her first loss last week, brushed to the front in the second-quarter from fourth and posted a half of :54.4. Around the final turn, JK Shesalady was forced to come first up from fifth and grinded her way up to the leader's wheel at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Wrangler Magic came off the cones to battle with Sassa Hanover, while JK Shesalady didn't have her kick once again. Wrangler Magic was able to surge by the leader and paced off to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:50.2. "She (Wrangler Magic) showed it last year at the end of the year, she started coming on really good," said trainer Stephane Larocque, following the race. "Yves Filion did just an amazing job (developing Wrangler Magic) to get her to be so good and sound this year and right now she's awesome." The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover) and Solar Sister (Mach Three)  finished second and third, while Sassa Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Wrangler Magic is owned by Thomas Kyron, Maurice Stewart, Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. The Fan Hanover victory was the first in five starts this season and third overall for the Larocque trainee. Wrangler Magic's career earnings now exceed $450,000 and the clocking of 1:50.2 is a new career best. Wrangler Magic paid $13.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...In an ultra-competitive $350,000 Roses Are Red final for harness racing filly and mare pacers on Pepsi North America Cup night at Mohawk Racetrack, it was Lady Shadow, the 2-1 second choice, who prevailed by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.3. Driven by Doug McNair for trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow had arrived at the final off a blistering front end 1:48.3 elim win last week and was posting her third victory in only five starts so far this year. The four-year-old Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella came from third and took over before the half in :54.1, buzzed to the three-quarters in a red-hot 1:21.1, then held off the stretch closers, slight favourite Yagonnakissmeornot and Sandbetweenurtoes, for the win. The field also included the consecutive three-time Roses Are Red defending champion and $3 million earner Anndrovette, but a fourth crown was not in the cards. The eight-year-old mare came home seventh, after taking the field through a quick opening quarter in :25.3, then following Lady Shadow in second until mid-stretch. "They were probably figuring on her (Lady Shadow) leaving out of there tonight," explained McNair. "I wasn't sure who was going to take a stab (at the front). I figured (driver) Timmy (Tetrick, driving Anndrovette) would be coming out of there. I kind of let her settle then put her in front. She kind of did the rest on her own. "I had a good mare (Colors A Virgin) first up (around the far turn). Never want to let her get too close. I figured I'd just let her rock from the three-quarter pole and she paced away from them. She's come along from two to three, now three to four. She's just getting better every year. It was great to get this win. I think I've been second or third in this race before. It's a big thrill for me to win it." Said trainer Adams, who only took over the training of Lady Shadow from McNair's father Gregg in mid-May, when the mare was sold, "She's a beautiful filly. She's built awesome. It's a great win to do it on the front at her home track. I was confident after we won last week. We got to pick our post (3). Picking the inside gave Dougie the opportunity to make something happen." It was career win number 14 for Lady Shadow in 26 starts, with her bankroll now nearing $700,000, including the $175,000 for the Roses Are Red. Lady Shadow paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.90, teaming with Yagonnakissmeornot ($3.50, $2.60) for an $18.60 (3-5) exactor. A 3-5-6 (Sandbetweenurtoes, $5.40) triactor returned $135.50 while a $1 Superfecta [3-5-6-4 (Waasmula)] was worth $466.55. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 5 - The final preparations for the Pepsi North America Cup and a chance to witness harness racing history are on tap Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacers serves as a final prep for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on Saturday, June 13. A pair of $78,767 divisions, featuring ten-horses in each, will be contested Saturday evening. The Somebeachsomewhere splits have been carded as Races five and nine. A total of 14 of the 20 "Beach" starters are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. The first division features the season debut of Breeders Crown champion Traceur Hanover. The Normand Bardier Jr. trainee is coming into his first start of the season off a qualifying victory last Friday at Mohawk in 1:52.4. The son of Western Ideal won five of 14 starts last season for earnings of over $423,000. He will start from rail Saturday evening with driver Randy Waples at the controls. Pierce Hanover will be looking to improve to three for three this season in the first "Beach" division. The Ken and Ralph Sucee stable star is coming into Saturday night off two impressive victories to start his sophomore season. The son of Cams Card Shark will start from post-nine Saturday with driver Jody Jamieson. The first division features nine horses that are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. In the second division, the Hall of Fame duo of John Campbell and Bob McIntosh team up with Go Daddy Go. The son of Ponder won his season debut impressively last Friday in an Ontario Sires Stakes gold event at London. Go Daddy Go battled with the top colts last season and was victorious in his eliminations for the Metro Pace and the Breeders Crown. The McIntosh trainee will have to overcome post-ten in Saturday's second split. Allbeef N Nobull, who will start from post-two, has been listed as the 2-1 morning line favourite in the second division. The son of Mcardle ships north of the border off a victory on May 28 in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. Allbeef N Nobull has two victories this season, while finishing no worse than second in five starts. Last season, Allbeef N Nobull was a perfect four for four in his rookie campaign. He will be driven by Brett Miller Saturday night. The second Somebeachsomewhere division will feature five Pepsi North America Cup eligible starters. Ontario Sires Stakes action will also be on tap Saturday night. A pair of $105,000 gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies will take place as Races six and eight. Live racing gets underway Saturday at 7:25 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early to witness potential history. The Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's quest for the Triple Crown will be shown live on the infield screen with full sound. Post time for the Belmont is approximately 6:50 p.m. Horseplayers looking to catch all the action from Belmont will be able to watch and wager on the entire card in the Mohawk Race Book located inside the OLG Slots. First-race post time Saturday at Belmont is 11:35 a.m. Doors to live racing at Mohawk will open Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie- WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 3 - Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced Peter Holland, currently a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the 2015 edition of the harness racing $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup post position draw will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at Mohawk Racetrack and Holland, 24, will be on hand to assist with the festivities. The media event will get underway at noon. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race, will be contested on Saturday, June 20. A native of Toronto, Holland played his junior hockey just down the road from Mohawk Racetrack as a member of the Guelph Storm. He was the first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and played his first NHL game in November of 2011. Holland returned to his hometown in 2013 when he was traded from the Ducks to the Maple Leafs. Since joining the Maple Leafs, Holland has played in 101 regular season games. On Saturday, June 13, Holland will be taking part in the 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay as a torch bearer through Caledon East. Holland is active on social media and can be followed on Twitter @PeterHolland13.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 25 – The connections of 47 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have made the final sustaining payment to remain eligible to the harness racing 2015 Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada’s richest harness race and will be contested on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. The NA Cup is also the richest event for three-year-old pacers in North America. The list of 47 remaining eligibles includes last year’s two-year-old champion Artspeak and the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit. Eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup will be held on Saturday, June 13 at Mohawk.   The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup will be the 32nd edition of Canada’s most prestigious harness race. The full list of the 47 sophomore pacing colts and geldings that remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup can be viewed below. ALLBEEF N NOBULL AMERICANPRIMETIME AMORA BEACH ARQUE HANOVER ARTSPEAK ASAP HANOVER BETTING EXCHANGE DEALT A WINNER DRACHAN HANOVER DUDE'S THE MAN EDWARD TEACH FIRST CLASS HORSE GALLIC BEACH GO DADDY GO GOOD FRIDAY THREE HARFO HANOVER HURRIKANE ALI IF YOU WANT FIRE IN THE ARSENAL JO PA'S WELL SAID JOE HILL LYONS AGAIN LYONS GEOFFJNR LYONS LEVI LEWIS MAXDADDY BLUE CHIP MITT JAGGER ONEISALONELYNUMBER PAPARAZZI HANOVER PENJI HANOVER PHYSICALLYINCLINED PIERCE HANOVER REVENGE SHARK REVEREND HANOVER RICH WISDOM ROCK N' ROLL WORLD ROCK THE NITE SICILY SOMWHEREONTHEBEACH SPLIT THE HOUSE STOVER THE SPY THE WAYFARING MAN TRACEUR HANOVER TRADING UP WAKIZASHI HANOVER WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT YANKEE BOUNTY Total Horses: 47 Total number of eligibles following each payment: February – 72 March – 63 April – 56 May - 47 Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred  

London, May 19, 2015 -- Defending champion State Treasurer will be back in the Forest City next Friday night, May 29, in search of an unprecedented third straight Molson Pace title as the harness racing field for this year’s $150,000 Invitational takes shape. The six-year-old son of Real Desire scored his first win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk in authoritative fashion in 1:49.4 and will be given this week off in preparation. State Treasurer would surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings with a top-two finish in this year’s Molson. Joining him in this year’s event will be All Bets Off who is fresh off a sizzling 1:51.3 victory in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and fellow Cup elimination winner, Lets Drink On It, who suffered a tough, parked out trip in the final and finished out of the money. American invader and millionaire, P H Super Cam, will be making his second appearance in the Molson Pace and will be joined by a pair of new faces in Polak A from the Tony Osullivan stable and $500,000 winner Night Pro, who has won five of eight this year in Indiana including a 1:49.2 tally in mid April at Hoosier Park. “The race office has put together another stellar group,” said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. “I like the mix that we have...some big names, some four-year-olds who have acclimated and some new faces that have very impressive credentials. We’ll keep a close eye on this weekend’s action before filling out the final couple of spots.” The post draw for the Molson Pace will be held this Monday evening on the pre-game show just prior to live racing at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Raceway has a big night planned on track and fans will be able to watch the action outside on the large video board that is being brought in for the evening. For complete details on what is planned and to stay up to date on this year’s event, visit www.molsonpace.com. This Friday night, The Raceway will host more City of London Series eliminations with the trotters taking center stage. It is also HPIBET night at The Raceway where fans will have a chance to win a VIP package to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and all sorts of HPIBET prizes that will be given away throughout the night. First post for this Friday, and Molson Pace night, will be 7:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 12 - The final sustaining fee to the Pepsi North America Cup and many of the Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) major harness racing stakes events are due Friday, May 15. Sustaining fee payments are due Friday for the following stakes events. Pepsi North America Cup Canadian Trotting Classic Fan Hanover Elegantimage Goodtimes Metro Pace Shes A Great Lady William Wellwood Memorial Peaceful Way Nassagaweya Eternal Camnation Canadian Pacing Derby Maple Leaf Trot Roses Are Red Milton Armbro Flight Champlain & Simcoe Stakes (Foals of 2013) Along with the sustaining fee payments, nominations close Friday to Mohawk's "Summer Series" events. Two-year-olds can be nominated to the Dream Maker, Whenuwishuponastar, Define The World and Pure Ivory series events. These two-year-old series offer as a great opportunity to develop and assess rookie pacers and trotters for sires stakes and Grand Circuit events. Also a part of the "Summer Series" events are the Summertime for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the Town Pro for three-year-old pacing fillies. Yearling nominations are also due Friday to the 2016 Champlain Open/Filly and the 2017 Simcoe Open/Filly stakes for foals of 2014. A nomination fee is due Friday for Ontario sired fillies foaled in 2014 to the 2017 WEG-SBOA Stakes. To view the WEG Stakes Booklet and full information regarding all stakes events, click here. All nomination fees and sustaining payments are payable to the Woodbine Entertainment Group and can be made online or by mail. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending nominations or sustaining fees by mail, envelopes must be post-marked no later than said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 9 - J Js Delivery brought his 'A' game Saturday night to Mohawk Racetrack to win a harness racing action-packed final of The Diplomat. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed Saturday evening for the $60,000 final of The Diplomat series. Fresh off a victory in leg two, The Wayfaring Man was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, while leg one winner J Js Delivery was the second choice at 5/2. J Js Delivery and James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and sprinted to the opening-quarter in a speedy :26.2. The Wayfaring Man and Jack Moiseyev wasted no time moving from fifth in the second-quarter to challenge the leader. The pace was hot down the backstretch and The Wayfaring Man did not clear by J Js Delivery until reaching the half in :54.3. The public's choice kept the speed going by pacing a :27.4 third-quarter to get the field down to that station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, J Js Delivery came off the rail for MacDonald to tango with The Wayfaring Man. The two favourites went toe-to-toe down the lane, but J Js Delivery had just a bit more fight and was able to edge by The Wayfaring Man to win in a career-best 1:50.1. The Wayfaring Man finished a game second and was beat by a length and a quarter. American Rock finished third, while Good Friday Three was fourth. J Js Delivery is trained Dave Menary for Robert Hamather and was the only horse in that final that did not race in the second leg. Following the race, MacDonald said he wanted to be near the front. "He's got a lot of speed and I just wanted to get him up close," said MacDonald. "I thought if I could cut it he would be good or if I could find a good hole." A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery now has four wins from six starts this season. Saturday's victory was the sixth of his career and pushes his career earnings to $98,686. J Js Delivery paid $7.90 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Cast No Shadow comes up big in Princess final Cast No Shadow turned in a stakes record performance to win the $59,600 Princess Series final Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up to contest the Princess final and on paper it appeared to be a three-horse race between leg one winner Moonlit Dance, leg two winner Maplelea and Cast No Shadow. The top three fillies on paper were the top three fillies Saturday night. Moonlit Dance made a move from second to overtake the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted by Cast No Shadow and Chris Christoforou from third. Cast No Shadow cleared to the front just after the midway point of :55.2. Around the final turn, Maplelea came first up from fifth to situate the top three fillies in the top three spots at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Cast No Shadow was able to put away the pressure from her rivals and paced on to a 1 ¾ length victory in a stakes record clocking of 1:50.4. Moonlit Dance was able to battle by Maplelea on the inside to finish second. "I wanted to be in control coming around the last turn because I wanted to get away from Rick's (Zeron) filly, Maplelea," said Christoforou following the race. "She can sprint so fast, so when I heard them come he was about two or three lengths behind on the turn and I just pulled the trigger and hoped I could hold on." A daughter of Shadow Play, Cast No Shadow is trained by Nick Gallucci for owner Millard Adams and now has a 2015 record of six wins from eight starts. The Princess Series final victory pushes her bankroll over $80,000. Cast No Shadow returned $5.90 to win. Cast No Shadow In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

Harness racing driver Tyler Smith says pacer Let's Drink On It has grown up and matured a good deal since last season. It's not unlike the way the 22-year-old driver describes himself, too. Smith and Let's Drink On It are getting ready for their first stakes engagement of 2015, the Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. A total of 16 horses entered the event, so two eliminations will be raced Sunday, with the top four finishers from each group advancing to the C$200,000-added final on May 17. Last year, the Joe Seekman-trained Let's Drink On It won eight of 25 races and earned $422,363 while providing Smith with his first regular Grand Circuit drives. The duo teamed to win a division of the Circle City Pace and eliminations for the Little Brown Jug and Delvin Miller Adios. They finished second in the Little Brown Jug final and a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. "It was unbelievable, especially as young as I was, to get to drive a colt like him," Smith said. "That's where everybody wants to be in their career, driving Grand Circuit horses like this. I've been very fortunate to get the opportunity at a young age. I've been very, very fortunate at a young age to drive good horses." Smith was the leading driver at Hoosier Park in 2013, the same year he became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 career wins, and finished second to Trace Tetrick in the Hoosier Park standings last season. Smith, a native of Washington Court House, Ohio, finished last year with 412 victories and a career-best $3.76 million in purse earnings. Racing regularly on the Grand Circuit was a learning experience. Last year, Smith drove in eight open stakes worth more than $200,000. In the previous five years of his career, Smith drove in a total of four open stakes worth more than $200,000 -- with all of those starts coming in Indiana. "It taught me a lot, getting the experience of racing in the big races, and getting the experience racing against those guys that are the best," said Smith, who has 1,695 lifetime wins. "I watch them night in and night out when I have a break, but to be able to drive against them, they're there for a reason. They're the best. "I still learn to this day, but I learned a lot last year. You have to take each race as it goes. When you go for a million dollars you know you're going for a million dollars, but you can't let the nerves and the pressure get to you. You have to treat it just like another race. Everybody wants everything to work out, but there are times it doesn't. You just can't beat yourself up over it, you have to learn from it and move on from it. "I feel like I've grown up and matured a lot as a driver. I feel like I'm ready for the big leagues." A day after the Confederation Cup eliminations, Smith will head to Monticello Raceway for the New York Sire Stakes to drive a 3-year-old male trotter named The Physician for trainer Anette Lorentzon. "I've got a couple New York Sire Stakes horses," Smith said. "I'm just ready for the stakes season to get back going. I'm going to try to travel some this year and hopefully it works out." Let's Drink On It is in the second of the two Confederation Cup eliminations. He will start from post six and is 6-1 on the morning line. Ron Burke's Limelight Beach, who won last year's Little Brown Jug, is the 8-5 favorite. He will start from post one with driver Yannick Gingras. The remainder of the field is Luck Be Withyou, Ideal Cowboy, Somewhere Fancy, Nirvana Seelster, Vance Bayama, and Melmerby Beach. So far this season, Let's Drink On It has one win and two second-place finishes in three starts. He enters his Confederation Cup elim off a 2-1/2 length victory over Night Pro in 1:50.1 in the Invitational at Hoosier Park. He paced his final quarter-mile in :26.3. "He's come back very good," Smith said. "He's definitely grown up and matured a lot more. Last year he could be a little funny here and there to drive, but this year he's been perfect to drive. He's definitely gotten a lot stronger. He was a good-looking colt anyway last year, but he's filled out a lot more. He's definitely filled into his 4-year-old self." Let's Drink On It, a son of former Seekman star Art Official out of the mare Letmedowneasy, is owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt, and Vincent Boido Jr. He has won 14 of 40 career races and earned $617,089. The first Confederation Cup elimination has National Debt, leaving from post one with Chris Christoforou at the lines for trainer Rob Fellows, as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Bettorever, with Corey Callahan driving for Jeff Bamond Jr., is the 5-2 second choice, starting from post four. The remainder of the field is Three Of Clubs, P L Hellcat, All Bets Off, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, and Mattamerican. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

DUNDAS, April 23 - The return of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs is less than a month away and it is shaping up to be a great harness racing event. A total of 23 top-level four-year-old pacers have made the final payment to remain eligible to the $200,000 (added) Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 17. World champion Hes Watching headlines the group of 23 eligibles. The Dave Menary trainee enters his four-year-old season with over $1.1 million in earnings and will be looking for hometown success, as he is stabled just a stone's throw away from Flamboro Downs at Stephenson's Training Centre. Other notables on the list include Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach and Ontario Sires Stakes champion Three Of Clubs. Eliminations for the Confederation Cup will be contested on Sunday, May 10 and will serve as a great appetizer for the big night a week later. The post position draw for the 'Cup' will take place on Wednesday, May 13 and will be live on CHCH News at Noon. The draw will also be streamed online. Confederation Cup night, Sunday, May 17, will be filled with great entertainment both on and off the track. Fans will be entertained by Flamboro's famous miniature race, a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event, the Money Machine Madness and sampling stations. Fans will also have a chance to get up close and meet drivers and RUS riders. Greg Blanchard and Ken Middleton will provide commentary and analysis of all the night's action for both fans on track and watching via simulcast. Fans are also asked to bring a canned food item on Confederation Cup night in support of the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Hamilton. Those who bring a canned food item will receive a ballot for a chance to win a dinner for eight at Flamboro Downs. Post time for both elimination and Confederation Cup night is 6 p.m. For more information and details visit www.FlamboroDowns.com. All Bets Off Best Said Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Hes Watching Ideal Cowboy Lets Drink On It Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Lyons Somewhere Mattamerican Melmerby Beach National Debt Nirvana Seelster Ok Gorgeous P L Hellcat Somewhere Fancy Somewhere In L A Speckled Door Three Of Clubs Unlocked Vance Bayama Mark McKelvie

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