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ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 24th annual Industry Day event were contested this evening, July 28. A total of five elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $217,000 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) and the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies). Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race afternoon card valued at more than $560,000 on Monday, August 4. It was a big night for local trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON, who secured two hopefuls in the Battle Of The Belles, and four colts in the Battle Of Waterloo. In addition, finalists sired by her powerhouse stallion Sportswriter account for five of the nine starters in each race. At just 33, Coleman is a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year. She has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing her first victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Solar Seelster secured the first of two spots in the final for the race's 2013 winning trainer, Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON. The 1:58 score in the first division marked the Mach Three filly's maiden win. Doug McNair piloted the regally-bred daughter of millionaire pacer Cabrini Hanover from post seven for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. Jody Jamieson and Win The Gold closed well to finish second for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Shes Dignified was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Stephen Gillard and driver Stuart Sowerby. The pair won the 2011 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with another homebred, Your Beautiful. The filly's sire, Your Nemesis was the winner of the second edition of the Battle Of Waterloo in 1999. McNair secured a second spot in the Belles final with Betty And The Jets, who finished second to cand driver Chris Christoforou. Leaving from the outside post eight, the 5-1 shot powered down the stretch to finish a quarter length the best over Betty And The Jets and Sassafras Girl, trained by Murray Brethour and driven by Rick Zeron. Sportswriter daughters swept the third and final division where Sports Chic didn't disappoint as the 7-5 favourite for trainer and co-owner Blake Macintosh. A $35,000 yearling, the miss has amassed $70,000 and three wins in four starts. Jody Jamieson was aboard for the 1:57 mile - the quickest elimination clocking on an unusually chilly summer eve. Business As Usual was three lengths behind to finish in the runner-up spot with Chris Christoforou for Coleman. Capela rounded out the top three for trainer Linda Toscano and reinsman John Campbell. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the Battle Of Waterloo, including the inaugural edition in 1998. His race favourite in the first division of the Battle Of Waterloo, Sporting The Look, recorded his second win in three starts. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was driven by three-time Battle Of Waterloo winning driver Jody Jamieson. Go Daddy Go, driven by John Campbell for Robert McIntosh was the runner-up, followed by Casie Coleman pupils Southwind Indy and Mikes Powerhouse. Fifth-place finisher Win One Soon drew into the final field during the post position draw conducted after the final elimination division. Sportskeeper and Jody Jamieson wired the field in the second division to win by two lengths for Coleman and co-owner Merlin Howse. The homebred colt is unbeaten in two career starts. Sports Bettor was the runner-up for local trainer Mark Austin of Fergus, ON. Race favourite Bob Ben And John overcame traffic troubles and an outside post to finish third for Coleman. A double-placing in the second division ultimately gave Supersonic Jet the final berth in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Dr. Ian Moore, winning trainer of the 2009 edition of the race. The placings unfolded when Seaforth (#2) went off-stride approaching the quarter and made a brief break, but enough to interfere with Supersonic Jet (#5) which resulted in the placing of #2 behind #5. In addition, Robert Hill (#3) made a break on the first turn and caused interference to #2 and was placed behind #2. Because of the double placings, #5 who finished 6th was placed up to 5th as a result of the first placing, then to 4th as a result of the second placing. The sixth annual Battle Of The Belles and 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 4. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 28. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $217,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver 1. Southwind Indy Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 2. Supersonic Jet Dr. Ian Moore Paul Mackenzie 3. Bob Ben And John Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 4. Sporting The Look Carl Jamieson Jody Jamieson 5. Mikes Powerhouse Casie Coleman Trevor Henry 6. Win One Soon Ken Fritsch Phil Hudon 7. Go Daddy Go Robert McIntosh John Campbell 8. Sportskeeper Casie Coleman Jody Jamieson 9. Sports Bettor Mark Austin Trevor Henry POST POSITIONS FOR THE $138,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver 1. Business As Usual Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 2. Win The Gold Tony O'Sullivan Jody Jamieson 3. Capela Linda Toscano John Campbell 4. Betty And The Jets Gregg McNair Jody Jamieson 5. Sassafras Girl Murray Brethour Rick Zeron 6. Sports Chic Blake Macintosh Jody Jamieson 7. Southwind Mischief Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 8. Shes Dignified Stephen Gillard Stuart Sowerby 9. Solar Seelster Gregg McNair Doug McNair Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - A group of seven freshman pacers dueled Monday night at Mohawk in the $12,000 second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series. With leg one winner Pierce Hanover skipping round two, the door was left open for a new winner to pick up momentum heading into next week's $43,200 final. Besides Pierce Hanover, the colt that caught the attention of many in leg one was The Wayfaring Man, a son of Dragon Again - Armbro Wichita, who finished in a dead-heat for second in his career debut with a last half of :54.4. That strong debut had the betting public all over the Nicky Comenga trainee in leg two and he did not disappoint with a 1:54.1 victory. The Wayfaring Man, driven by Jack Moiseyev, got away fifth into the first turn and sat in that position through the opening half. As the field made their way around the final turn, Some Power was sent first up from third to challenge the leader Amora Beach. The Wayfaring Man was able to catch Some Power's cover and sat second over as the field came off the turn. In the stretch, Some Power could not get by a game Amora Beach, but Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man capitalized off their perfect second over positioning to go by the leaders for a two length victory, with a last quarter of :28.1 into a head wind. Amora Beach dug in to hold on for second, while Migrate Seelster took the show spot ahead of Some Power who finished fourth. The leg two victory was a maiden breaking score for The Wayfaring Man in his second career start for owner Bruno Comenga. The Dragon Again son was a $62,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and now has career earnings of just over $8,000. The Wayfaring Man paid $3.70 to win. The final for the Dream Maker Series is set for next Monday (August 4) at Mohawk. Eleven freshman pacers have competed in the first two legs of the series. All horses that have started in any leg of the Dream Maker can enter the $43,200 final. Mark McKelvie  

Drop The Ball has been something of a streaky performer throughout her career, but driver Corey Callahan believes the 6-year-old pacing mare is on an upswing as she gets ready for Saturday's $177,750 Lady Liberty Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Lady Liberty, for older female pacers, is part of a stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card at the Big M. Among the other highlights are the $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers, $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial for older trotters, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters, and the $1.2 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters. Coverage of the card will air throughout the afternoon on TVG and from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Drop The Ball won last weekend's Lady Liberty elimination race by a half-length over Jerseylicious in 1:49.2 and with a victory in the final will join Burning Point as the only repeat winners of the event. "She won it last year so we need to win it again," Callahan said about Drop The Ball, who is trained by Ross Croghan for owners Let It Ride Stables, Mentally Stable, and Dana Parham. "Sometimes you can tell [how good she will race] when you're scoring down, but she's really come back around her last few starts. I think Croghan is figuring her out and she's ready to go. She should be good next week, I hope." For her career, Drop The Ball has won 24 of 59 races and earned $1.39 million. In addition to winning last year's Lady Liberty, she won the 2011 Mistletoe Shalee and Matron Stakes. She has twice finished second in each the Breeders Crown, Roses Are Red Stakes, and Golden Girls. Drop The Ball won last year's Lady Liberty during a span of seven starts in which she posted five wins and two second-place finishes. She hit the board only once in eight other races during the campaign. She began her career by winning her first four races, but then went without a victory in nine consecutive starts bridging her 2- and 3-year-old seasons. She finished her 3-year-old campaign by winning six times and finishing second twice over her final nine starts. Drop The Ball entered the Lady Liberty elimination off a second-place finish to Rocklamation in the Golden Girls on July 12. "She was very good in that race," Callahan said. "I had too much road traffic. I ended up third over behind a horse that was stalling and had too much ground to make up." In last weekend's Lady Liberty elim, Drop The Ball started from post eight and went to the front on the first turn before briefly yielding the top spot to Shelliscape on the backstretch. Callahan and Drop The Ball immediately retook the lead, but saw Shebestingin come calling heading into the final turn. Drop The Ball fought off her challenge and led the rest of the way. "We figured if she was OK, we were going to push off the gate and try to get her in play," Callahan said. "A couple of those horses that like to go down the road, like Anndrovette, drew outside, so it was a good night to try it." Following is the Lady Liberty field in alphabetical order. The draw for the race will be Tuesday, with Drop The Ball's connections getting to select post position. Rocklamation received a bye to the final. Aunt Caroline, Charisma Hanover, Drop The Ball, Jerseylicious, Krispy Apple, Matttie Terror Girl, Rocklamation, Shebestingin, Shelliscape, and Somwherovrarainbow. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

ELORA, ON - The stage is set for the July 28th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the sixth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track's 24th annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 4 (post time 1:30). Legendary Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell will make his Grand River Raceway debut, as listed by trainer Robert McIntosh, who has one hopeful in each of the Battle elims. Campbell is harness racing's all-time leading money-winning driver with over $290 million in career earnings and 10,600 wins. The Ailsa Craig, ON native resides in New Jersey and is widely considered to be the best reinsman in the history of the sport. Grand River Raceway will interview Campbell at the start of the broadcast (6:15 p.m.) on Monday. Fans can pose questions for Campbell by posting on the contest thread on Grand River Raceway's Facebook page before Monday at noon. Vying for a berth in the $217,140 Battle Of Waterloo are 17 colts in two divisions (races five and nine). Casie Coleman, a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year, has four Battle Of Waterloo elimination starters - two in each division. In race five, the Cambridge, ON trainer will send out Southwind Indy (with driver Chris Christoforou) from post five and Mikes Powerhouse from post one. Both colts won their last starts over the Elora, ON oval in Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action. Grand River Raceway's top driver, Trevor Henry, will pilot Mikes Powerhouse, a full brother to millionaire pacer Michaels Power. The 2012 Horse Of The Year was also campaigned by Coleman for breeder/owner Jeffrey Snyder of NY. In race seven, Sportskeeper and early favourite Bob Ben And John round our Coleman's hopefuls. Again, both colts won their most recent starts at Grand River Raceway in Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. Both colts are sired by Sportswriter - another former millionaire pupil of Coleman's. At just 33, Coleman has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing a victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has also eluded Hall Of Fame trainer Robert McIntosh. His chestnut homebred hopeful Go Daddy Go was second to Bob Ben And John at Grand River Raceway on July 16. He'll leave from post five in race five with John Campbell. Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the race, including the inaugural edition in 1998. He trains the morningline favourite in race five, Sporting The Look. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was an impressive winner in 1:53.2 in his second career outing at Mohawk Racetrack. He led the field but made a costly break in stride during an OSS Gold event at Grand River on July 16 and finished out of the money. Jody Jamieson will steer him in race five from post eight. Eliminations for the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 27 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 4 and 7). Local trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON won the race last year with Lady Shadow. In the 2014 edition, he has two fillies vying for a starting position in the final. In the first division, Solar Sister is a regally-bred lass looking for her maiden win. Doug McNair will pilot the Mach Three miss from post seven for David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The duo also owned Solar Sister's dam, Cabrini Hanover - a $350,000 yearling which went on to win $1.4 million and 13 races. She was named Canada's top freshman filly in 2004. Betty And The Jets is McNair's second shot at the final. Jody Jamieson will steer her from the trailing starting position (post nine) in race four. In addition to their Battle Of Waterloo starters, Casie Coleman and Robert McIntosh are also stocked with Battle Of The Belles hopefuls. Coleman has one Sportswriter filly in each of three divisions, while McIntosh has a lone homebred, Brilliant Idea, in race two. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 8 on July 28. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 4.) Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 10 on July 28. (Top four finishers from each of the two elimination divisions, plus one of the fifth-place finishers - as drawn by lot - advance to the final on August 4.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 28 is 6:30 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 17 - Mister Herbie, a two-time harness racing O'Brien Award winner, will make his third appearance in the Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday night, at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned and trained by Jeff Gillis, the six-year-old millionaire son of Here Comes Herbie is overlooked on the morning line at odds of 15-1 with favoured Sebastian K, a decisive 2/5 mutuel favourite, capturing most of the attention. However, it was only two years ago that Mister Herbie, sent to post at 8-1, upset the heavily-favoured Chapter Seven to win the Maple Leaf Trot with a strong stretch run in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4. "I'd take a repeat of that," grinned Gillis. Stepping up against Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), on Saturday, Gillis knows that Mister Herbie will have to be at his best. In 2012, Chapter Seven was a well-backed favourite, but certainly not as touted as Sebastian K. "It's not to the same extent," agreed Gillis. "Sebastian K looks fairly invincible when you can leave as hard as he can, and then come some pretty wicked back halves. "It's pretty hard to figure out a strategy to beat that. But, that's why we run the race. Favourites go down. Horses are not machines and they can come up with a less than one hundred percent performance. Someone could take a run at him." Mister Herbie is lightly raced this campaign. He made his qualifying debut by trotting home a dominant 15-length winner in 1:55.3 on June 6, his first start since an even effort at Meadowlands Racetrack in late November. He's posted a trio of second-place runs since that qualifier including a runner-up effort to Market Share in last week's elimination, the very rival Mister Herbie chased home in the 2013 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot. Gillis was intent on giving his champion gelding some time off this winter following a year in which Mister Herbie won just once, yet still banked $492,607 in purse earnings thanks to six runner-up finishes in stakes competition. "He spent eight weeks in Kentucky. We deliberately brought him back a little bit slower, in part, because of how late the season ran last year," explained Gillis. "We took our time with him and hopefully we'll finish strong. He's done everything on schedule so far and gotten a little bit better each time. He's heading into the race in good form." Gillis knows his charge will need to drop considerable time off his 1:53.2 elimination clocking on Saturday to win a second Trot final. In fact, Mister Herbie will likely need to equal or better his own Trot final performance of 1:50.4. "If they get a good track on Saturday, I suspect they're going to flirt with the track record, and I'd be just as happy if we held it when it was over too," he grinned. Steve Condren, who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image, will be charged with engineering a winning trip and Gillis has every confidence in the veteran driver. "Steve is a tremendous driver and very accomplished. He has a lot of experience and I think he suits the horse," said Gillis. As for the conditioner's idea of the perfect trip? "Ideally, we'll get away mid pack and someone would soften up Sebastian K and we'd be second over and pounce on tired horses," he offered. "It takes a lot of luck for something like that to unfold, but I think it's going to be an interesting race. I'm not sure everyone will lay back and let him (Sebastian K) get an easy half." And while the Maple Leaf Trot is certainly first and foremost for Gillis and Mister Herbie heading into Saturday's lucrative $603,000 event, the conditioner does have one other key date circled on the calendar later in the season for Canada's reigning champion aged trotter. "The race I'd really like him to win is the Breeders Crown," said Gillis. In 2012, Chapter Seven turned the tables on 'Herbie' to win the Breeders Crown at Woodbine and last year, at Pocono Downs, 'Herbie' dueled with Market Share to a furious finish only to lose by a nose. "I feel he deserved a better fate the last two years and that would be one that would mean a lot to me. It was heartbreaking (losing the photo)," said Gillis. Until then, its eyes on the prize for Gillis and a horse he clearly has a lot of respect for. "He's the perfect horse in every sense of the word. He does everything right, full of personality and I'm extremely fond of him," said Gillis. "We haven't really won a big one in a couple years. Herbie's Maple Leaf Trot was probably our last big win, so I feel like we're due for another." Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

East Rutherford, NJ - No fewer than seven major Grand Circuit stakes will populate the Saturday night card at The Meadowlands, led by the track's signature race, The Meadowlands Pace.   The all-star lineup begins with a pair of high-stakes preps for trotting's top prizes, the August 2 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks.   Race four is the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial three-year-old colt trot which will be the stage for last year's top freshman Father Patrick to battle Trixton who has emerged as a worthy adversary this season. It is the first time these two have met, the occasion made even more intriguing by the fact that both are trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali has Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) listed as a strong morning line favorite at 4/5 from post nine, while Trixton is at 3/1 from post twelve in the second tier with trainer Takter aboard.   The $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial for sophomore trotting fillies also pits last year's finest against emerging talent. Shake It Cerry was clearly the best of a very talented crop last season, easily winning year end awards for the Takter stable and regular driver Ron Pierce. She has transitioned successfully to sophomore status winning four of five starts this season and is the 9/5 choice from post seven.   Her only loss required the world record 1:51.3 effort by Designed To Be at Pocono last month. It was the second time Designed To Be has assaulted the record books, having taken the two-year-old title with her 1:52.2 mile last fall in Lexington. She will have Brian Sears aboard for trainer Julie Miller on Saturday.   The remarkably fast Cooler Schooner is the fastest freshman trotter ever, regardless of sex by virtue of her amazing 1:51.3 win last summer at Pocono. She is sometimes guilty of self-sabotage but can never be dismissed. The Campbell brothers, John and Jim will conspire to manage that wicked speed toward its best use.   The new shooter in this division is Heaven's Door another who demonstrated great talent at two for Ross Croghan but it took until this year for her mind to catch up to her speed. She was sold over the winter and moved into the Ake Svanstedt barn where she has flourished. She won last month's NJSS final in a stakes record 1:52 with great ease and is facing the division's best now for her new connections and adds another element of suspense.   Next up (race six) will be the $212,500 Mistletoe Shalee for sophomore pacing fillies, another contentious contest. Sandbetweenurtoes raced but once at two for Tony Alagna but showed such promise in her first few starts at three that the brothers Remmen, Ray and Larry, bought her for John Grant and she hasn't lost since. She was the winner of last week's elimination in 1:49.1 with Brett Miller aboard and will likely be the post time fave off a 5/2 morning line.   Precocious Beauty was the divisional leader last year for the McNair barn and has yet to find that form thus far at three, though last week's race was encouraging. Takter's Uffizi Hanover won the 2013 Breeders Crown and the Fan Hanover this year for her regular pilot, newly minted Hall of Famer David Miller.   The older dames race on the pace for $178,450 in the cleverly named Golden Girls stake in the seventh race. Joe Holloway has always had a way with the ladies, training several distaff champions over the years and has a formidable pair in this one. Somwherovarainbow has well over a million in career earnings and has been in deadly form for Joe since early spring with six wins from ten starts, among those the Bluechip Matchmaker final. Brian Sears drives.   Her stable mate Shebestingin is the fastest female Standardbred ever, having seared The Red Mile clay in an eye-popping 1:47 flat last fall. She has yet to beat the best of this division since graduating into the open ranks but her speed make her a danger for David Miller.   The race favorite at 2/1 is the iron-tough race mare Androvette. Her story has been told many times but never gets old, particularly for her connections. She vaults over $3million lifetime with a win in this stake for trainer PJ Fraley and her constant racing companion Tim Tetrick.   Just when you think, "Well, this just can't get any better," you come to the meat of the card. Race 8 contains the finest Free For All pacers in the land racing for $463,300 in the WR Haughton Memorial, one of the biggest events of their season. The lifetime earnings for these ten horses are just north of the $20 million mark.   Captaintreacherous is the two time defending Pacer of the Year and a winner of over $3million in his racing career for trainer Tony Alagna. He's developed into a fan favorite with his gritty, never give up style and he'll need every bit of that heart, a large dose of speed and another clever steer from Tetrick on Saturday. He's drawn a favorable post starting just inside the 8/5 favorite, Sweet Lou.   Sweet Lou has flashed brilliance from the start for his connections and still holds the freshman pacing world speed record. Now five year of age, he's in the best form of his career and has been invincible since paired with driver Ron Pierce in May. Together they are five for five, all in 1:48.3 or faster culminating with a world record 1:47 the hard way at Pocono in the Franklin, the fastest mile on a five-eighths track in history.   Sweet Lou is one of a formidable four horse armada sent out in the Haughton by Meadowlands and national leading trainer Ron Burke. The four Burke horses alone have amassed a staggering $12million in career earnings led by the richest pacer in history, ageless wonder Foiled Again at $6.3 million. Foiled will have to overcome the extreme outside post for his regular driver Yannick Gingras in this battle.   The $776,000 Meadowlands Pace is race nine on the star studded extravaganza and has been well covered in many arenas, so for our purposes let's just say it shapes up to be a very exciting and contentious race, as is usually the case in the absence of a clear division leader.   Among the deepest and most contentious divisions this season is the older trotting mares. The returning Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, last year's division leader Maven and pair of four year old mares that have blossomed into trotting divas, Perfect Alliance and Classic Martine will all meet among a field of eight in the $40,000 Miss Versatility in race ten.   It's one for the ages this Saturday night at The Meadowlands with over $2.5 million in purses offered over the 13 race card, including four $100,000 finals for state bred freshmen. Post time is 6:30pm and it's going to be well attended, so if you're thinking of coming out make your reservations now. If not, the Haughton and Pace will be carried live on the CBS Sports Network and the TVG Racing network.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Office

It was a triumphant return for harness racing driver Trevor Henry at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. Racing in sires stakes events at Mohawk and elsewhere this summer, the multiple driver of the year at Hanover won 4 of the 6 OSS 3 year old Colt Trotting races Saturday. Henry started off winning both ends of the Daily Double taking race 1 with Passed Da Point for owners Benoit Gendron and Roland Rocco of Quebec, in 1:59.1, and won race 2 with Massacaia for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal, Que in 2:00.2. Henry said he expects to spend more time at Hanover once the Sires Stakes season slows down but he’s got several of his own horses competing at other tracks.   The third OSS leg was won by Steve Byron who drove Totally Ripped for owner Don Leisheid of Windsor in 1:59.4. The fourth OSS event was won by TothePointJames in 2:02 for driver, trainer and part owner Wayne Henry of Arthur along with Jeff Thomson of Chelsey, the estate of Daniel Mccann, and Arnold Feldman of Quebec. Leg 5 was won by Tyrone Haji in 2:01.1 for trainer Bob Mcintosh of Windsor and accounted for Trevor Henrys 3rd win on the night, and Henry capped off the evening with the fastest mile of the night when Aventure won the 9th race in 1:58 for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown.  Budd said afterwards that if his horse was able to clear the lead before the quarter pole, he thinks he may have had a chance to break the 3 year old track record held by first Dream of Glory winner Abbey Road C back in 2002.  Budd says Aventure who is Dream of Glory eligible will be back on July 26th for the eliminations, and he expects another great performance from the son of muscle mass.  The colt is owned by Orville Rursch of Illinois. Fans at Hanover enjoyed 300 cupcakes and 300 tshirts in a t-shirt toss to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sires Stakes program.  Hanover also held its first Survivor handicapping qualifier.  Despite over 150 entries none of the fans in attendance qualified for the August 9th final.  The good news is fans have 3 more chances to qualify for a chance to win a high definition television courtesy of Country 93 radio.  Hanover Raceway features 10 live race’s and another chance to qualify for the Survivor handicapping contest on July 12th.  Post time is 7:15pm Gord Dougan  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 4 - Major Dancer and driver Chris Christoforou cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the $49,200 final of the Town Pro Pacing Series for harness racing three-year-old fillies, Friday night at Mohawk. Trained by Casie Coleman, Major Dancer captured the first leg of the Town Pro, but came up half a length short in the second leg despite closing with :26.3 speed. In the final, after getting away fifth, Christoforou didn't wait until the final turn to make his bid for the lead, as he sent Major Dancer first up nearing the half, which went in :55, seizing the command at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Major Dancer and Christoforou opened up a good lead and sailed to a 3 ¼ length victory. Palm Beach Hanover followed Major Dancer around the final turn and finish second, while Happily Ever was third. "Tonight I was a little bit worried when I had to go first up again," said Adriano Sorella, co-owner of Major Dancer, following the race. "She was game tonight. She looked good." The series finale victory improved Major Dancer's record to four wins in eight starts this season. Major Dancer was a half length short in the second leg of completing a Town Pro Series sweep, but Sorella said he wasn't too disappointed with the defeat in round two. "You can't be disappointed with her coming home like that. She was a little bit further behind last week, she was throwing her head before the gate, so she kind of missed the gate last week, but she raced real good and I was happy with what we had tonight." A daughter of Art Major-Two Steppin Sally, Major Dancer boosted her career bankroll to over $93,000 with the sixth victory of her career for owners West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Sorella. Sorella noted after the race that Major Dancer will now head to New York to compete in Sires Stakes action. Major Dancer paid $3.90 to win as the public choice. Mark McKelvie  

Due to impending weather and potentially unsafe track conditions, the card of racing scheduled for Northside Downs on Saturday has been cancelled. The afternoon race card included several divisions of the Atlantic Sires Stakes 3 year-old pacing colts and fillies. The Atlantic Sires Stakes events at Northside Downs have been re-scheduled to Saturday, July 12. The entries for the cancelled card of racing will be discarded and trainers are advised to re-enter their horses for the July 12 events. The entry box for the Atlantic Sires Stakes events will close on Wednesday at 10 and a new card will subsequently be drawn. Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association PO Box 65 Port Hood NS B0E 2W0 Phone: 902.787.2869 Fax: 902.787.2214 www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca

While eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk are scheduled for Friday, July 11, The Meadowlands will offer a leg of the TVG Open trot for Saturday, July12. The reason is to provide a race for the trotters that week if the Maple Leaf does not require eliminations. The draw for both races will be on Tuesday, July 8 with The Meadowlands box closing at 9:00am and Mohawk taking entries until 10:30am. If you desire to race in the TVG Open if there are no Maple Leaf elims, you must enter your horse for both races with each Racing Office by the deadline. If the Maple Leaf does have elimination races, the TVG Open trot will be cancelled as the conditions state. No points toward the TVG Final will be awarded if the race is cancelled. The Meadowlands condition sheet may be found here and the Mohawk sheet here. Nick Salvi                   Standardbred Racing Information | Standardbred Canada View on www.standardbredcanada.ca Preview by Yahoo      

After a stint in the breeding shed, 7-year-old trotter Wishing Stone is ready to make his 2014 harness racing debut in a conditioned handicap Friday at the Meadowlands. Wishing Stone received post 10 in the race and is 9-2 on the morning line. He enters the race off one qualifier, a 1:55.2 effort on June 20 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Undercover Strike is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Mistery Woman at 7-2 and Spider Blue Chip at 4-1. Wishing Stone stood as a stallion at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. He fulfilled contracts for 331 doses of frozen semen overseas as well as being bred to some 30 mares in North America. Although it is common for trotters overseas to breed and race in the same season, that is not the case in North America. Some well-known successes abroad include Ready Cash, who is France's richest trotter in history in addition to being a popular sire, and Coktail Jet and Mack Lobell, who both won the prestigious Elitloppet after performing stud duties. "It's a fun experiment and I think it's going to work," said Mike Gulotta, the CEO of Deo Volente Farms and head of the Wishing Stone Syndicate ownership group. "Actually, the first part of it has worked. We're excited." Gulotta hopes to see Wishing Stone get a boost as a stallion thanks to a new bonus program at the Meadowlands for New Jersey-sired horses. "I think now that people see that things will be changing in New Jersey, there will be a lot more interest in him and other Jersey stallions next year," Gulotta said. "Sometimes people need to see that something is actually happening in order to commit." Wishing Stone is well known in Europe, having competed there at ages 4 and 5. In 2011, he won the French trotting race Grand Prix du Sud Ouest at 1-5/16 mile and also the King's Trophy in Sweden. He was second in the Gran Premio Continentale in Italy. A year later, he captured the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at a distance of 1-1/4 mile. He finished his European campaign with a second-place finish in the Jubilee Trophy for 5-year-old trotters in Sweden. He returned to the U.S. in August 2012 to continue his career in North America. Lifetime, Wishing Stone has won 21 of 69 races and earned $2.23 million, making him the richest offspring of sire Conway Hall. He has won multiple stakes in the U.S., including the 2010 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats at Lexington's Red Mile. "We'll see now how he races," Gulotta said. "He looks good. I think he's gained weight and grown up a little, actually, which may be helpful to him. We're happy." To read a Hoof Beats magazine story about Wishing Stone's double duty, click here. * * * JK Endofanera, the No. 1-ranked horse on the Road to the Meadowlands Pace, is entered in Friday's qualifiers at the Meadowlands. The colt, which captured the North America Cup on June 21, has won eight of 12 career races and never finished worse than third. The Ron Burke-trainee has earned $913,517 for owner 3 Brothers Stable. He is not the only Meadowlands Pace eligible in the qualifier. He is joined by Jimmy Takter-trained Lyonssomewhere, who was fifth in the North America Cup, as well as Joe Holloway's Always B Miki, Tracy Brainard's Big Boy Dreams, and Ron Coyne Jr.'s National Debt. Lyonssomewhere is No. 4 and Always B Miki is No. 7 in the Meadowlands Pace rankings. Big Boy Dreams, who was second to He's Watching in last year's New York Sire Stakes championship, has not raced in 2014. Eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace will be held July 5 and the $650,000 final is July 12. Elsewhere, Boomboom Ballykeel, who won last year's Metro Pace, is in the first of three divisions of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday. Boomboom Ballykeel has one win, which came in the sire stakes in May, in three starts this season. He is trained by Richard Moreau. The second division includes Meadowlands Pace eligibles Bugger Bruiser, trained by Carmen Auciello, and Erv Miller's Jet Airway while the third division has Ian Moore's Play It Again Sam. Three horses eligible to the Meadowlands Pace are competing in the same New York Sire Stakes division Friday at Buffalo Raceway - Patrick Lachance's Sir Sam's Z Tam, Mark Ford's Twin B Speedo, and P.J. Fraley's Ideal Cowboy. * * * In addition to the previously mentioned horses qualifying Friday at the Meadowlands, Bee A Magician, Royalty For Life, Shebestingin, and Cee Bee Yes will be among others in action. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, is winless in three starts this season and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk. Trainer Nifty Norman told Trot Insider the mare scoped sick following the Armbro Flight and would start next against her male counterparts in the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters on July 5 at the Meadowlands. Last year, Bee A Magician's wins included the Hambletonian Oaks. Also being pointed to the Hambletonian Maturity is 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life. * * Levy Memorial Series champion P H Supercam will look to snap a four-race losing streak in Saturday's open handicap at Yonkers Raceway. The race also includes Heston Blue Chip and last week's winner Digital Z Tam. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications U.S. Trotting Association

Three-year-old pacing colts from across the Maritimes will meet for some serious racing competition at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Three 'A' divisions of the pacing colts will each go for a purse pool of over $7000 and two 'B' divisions going for $2500 will round out the afternoon race card. This is Inverness Raceway's first opportunity this season to host an Atlantic Sires Stakes event and the lineup of colts slated to go behind the starting gate is guaranteed to offer exciting racing action. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan  

ELORA, ON - What's it like to be going crazy fast behind a 1,000-pound animal, with no seat belt, just two strips of leather as your steering wheel and only millimeters separating you and eight other thundering horses? Veteran driver Randy Waples says there's no feeling anything like it. "It's the greatest high in the world when you get to line up behind the gate. I've never lost it. It's been 31 years of driving horses now. Every time I go behind the gate I get that same kind of a rush, that adrenaline rush. It's just fantastic," Waples said. "You want to feel what it's like to be in a horse race? Get on a motorbike and do 100 miles an hour down the 401." Randy Waples went to high school in Fergus. When he was young, he used to play in a field in Elora that became the site of Grand River Raceway. Today, he's one of Canada's leading harness drivers and a four-time winner of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the Battle of Waterloo. At the age of 49, even after more than 6,000 wins and over $100 million in purse earnings, Waples said he still gets pumped when he takes the reins. "It's got that dangerous sort of aspect. You know they're close to you. You know how powerful the animals are. But you really don't put that into your mind because, basically, the whole time you're thinking, 'What should I be doing? Where should I be? Is this one live? Is that one stopping? Can I get out? Do I want to pull now?' There's a lot of things that go through your mind where you kind of push the dangerous part in the back of your mind." Waples said there's no better place for fans to get a taste of that adrenaline rush than at Grand River Raceway. "First of all, you're up close to the horses. To me, that's more important than anything," Waples said. "The other thing is, I think Grand River Raceway has gone out of their way to treat people the way they should be treated. It's customer first. "It's just such a friendly kind of an experience. That's Elora. Fantastic people." Waples is one of the most personable drivers in the game. He invited fans to say hello at Grand River. "I hope I see you there and if I do, come over to the fence, lean over and say, 'Hi' unless you're an ex-school teacher, then stay away," he said, laughing. Waples said horses are simply the greatest animals on earth. "We've been so lucky that God put these animals on the earth... They're so accommodating," he said. "Horses went to war with us, they carried the guns... Years ago, when there was no cars, the doctor went to the houses in a horse and a buggy. If that doctor couldn't get around in that horse and a buggy, a lot of people wouldn't be here today. We've got a horse to thank for it. "A lot of people don't know horses have blue eyes. You get up close to them, every one of them have the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen in your life." As for the horse that changed his life, Waples didn't even think for half-a-second before answering. "San Pail. Absolutely San Pail," he said of the Breeders Crown and three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner. "People looked at me differently. I was able to compete at the highest level with a very good horse and he made me look good and people just, all of a sudden, looked at me in a different light. "He's meant everything to me." To hear more of our conversation with Randy Waples - including which three people, living or dead, he'd pick to have dinner with - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway by Kelly Spencer for Grand River Raceway

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - JK Endofanera's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was a popular one for many fans attending Mohawk's showcase evening.  ​The Ron Burke trainee returned $26.30 for a $2 win wager in the 31st renewal of the race. Woodbine Entertainment Group was also pleased with the business results of the event billed as Ribs, Racing and Rivalries on Saturday. Fans and horseplayers wagered $3,437,037 on the 14-race card, up 14.5% compared to the $3,001,036 figure recorded in the 2013 edition of the race.  The overall handle was the highest since the race moved to Mohawk in 2007. A figure of $474,023 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race itself. "It was a good evening," said WEG's Executive Vice-President of Racing, Jamie Martin. "There was a definite positive vibe at Mohawk on Pepsi North America Cup night, felt by both the casual fan and the core horseplayer. We're determined to continue our mission of offering a high quality horse racing experience for fans while growing wagering across the province. That was seen by many on Saturday." Many fans showed up three hours before the first race to get their "First Bet on Us", a commemorative Pepsi North America Cup hat and to secure a great spot to enjoy the evening.  They enjoyed award winning ribs from Silver Bullet BBQ and Blazin BBQ and unique brands of beer at "Beerville." Fans were also entertained between races all night with live music from the River Junction Band and Amy Rose. This Friday, June 20, Mohawk will offer a Fireworks Show following the races to celebrate the 100th birthday of Campbellville. A special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. is slated. by John Siscos, for WEG 

June 15, 2014 - Thanks to a $100 exacta box wager on the Meadowlands Maturity, 2012 Pen vs. Chip Handicapping Champion, Mark McKelvie, surged to the lead in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest. The $100 exacta box of Captaintreacherous and Odds On Equuleus gave McKelvie a $1,200 profit for Friday evening on the way to a net profit of $1,065 for the weekend. As a result, McKelvie through 13 legs has a net profit of $1,518, leading former leader Brandon Valvo by $214.50. Of course, McKelvie was not the only handicapper to have a profitable weekend. With Dennis O'Hara's profit of $813.60, he moves from 14th place to 11th. Three other handicappers ended up in the black for the weekend. In addition to McKelvie's $1,400 (gross) hit on Friday night, there were other key wagers made on Friday evening. Ray Garnett had a $10 exacta ($90 in total exacta wagers) which paid $140; Derick Giwner's $200 win wager on Captaintreacherous paid $380; Dennis O'Hara's $2 trifecta box ($120) paid $253.60, $5 trifecta ($80) paid $634, $10 exacta part wheel ($40) paid $140. Saturday's big wagers were Ray Garnett's $1 trifecta box ($60) in the North America Cup which paid $328.75; Derick Giwner's $40 exacta in the Goodtimes paid $204; Sally Hinckley's $20 exacta box ($40) paid $160 and $2 trifecta box ($48) paid $255 in the Roses Are Red; Mark McKelvie's $100 win wager in the Fan Hanover paid $265; Josi Verlingieri's $50 win/pace wager in the Armbro Flight paid $387.50; Gordon Waterstone's $10 trifecta key ($60) in the Goodtimes paid $197.50. As of June 14, 2014 - Leg 13 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Mark McKelvie $1,065.00 $1,518.00   2nd Brandon Valvo ($430.00) $1,303.50 $214.50 3rd Derick Giwner $11.20 $735.00 $783.00 4th Earl Paulson ($171.00) $69.50 $1,448.50 5th Bob Zanakis ($420.00) ($59.50) $1,577.50 6th Brian McEvoy ($145.00) ($315.00) $1,833.00 7th Josi Verlingieri ($201.50) ($433.45) $1,951.45 8th Sally Hinckley $11.50 ($489.80) $2,007.80 9th Ray Garnett ($86.75) ($608.45) $2,126.45 10th Gordon Waterstone $6.30 ($853.20) $2,371.20 11th Dennis O'Hara $813.60 ($937.60) $2,455.60 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($650.00) ($1,288.00) $2,806.00 13th Ann Stepien ($263.00) ($1,328.10) $2,846.10 14th Rusty Nash ($639.20) ($1,642.40) $3,160.40 15th Ray Cotolo ($490.00) ($2,472.00) $3,990.00 This week, the handicapping Shoot-Out has one race on tab; Friday night at the Meadowlands is the second round of TVG FFA Trot.  Results and handicapper selections may be found on the contest websitehttp://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com. by Allan Schott, for HAHA

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 - They may have set the bar high in 2008 when they teamed up in the Pepsi North America Cup, but harness racing's Paul Macdonell and Brent MacGrath are hoping to recreate magic in 2014.   The trainer / driver duo amazed thousands at Mohawk when they captured the 25th edition of the race with Somebeachsomewhere and this year they team up with Melmerby Beach, a son of the great pacer.   Melmerby Beach won once in five starts as a two-year-old and resurfaced for his three-year-old campaign in a qualifier on May 2.   Off the one trial, the colt was victorious in a conditioned event at Woodbine on May 8 in 1:51.4.   However, sickness would prevent Melmerby Beach from making another start in advance of the stakes race raced named for his sire this past Saturday.   Despite the slight change of plans, he finished third behind Hes Watching, the fastest winner of the three Somebeachsomewhere divisions.   "He really kind of needed the start between his first start and the other night, but I thought he raced pretty good," said MacDonell. "I don't know if he was just at peak condition for that race, but with that start and going into this race (the elimination) he should be getting pretty close to it."   Melmerby Beach will leave from post six, in Race 5, on Saturday, the second of three eliminations for the North America Cup.   That field includes Somebeachsomewhere division winner Always B Miki and a pair of second place finishers in Mcwicked and Lets Drink On It.   "It looks pretty snug, it is a competitive field with Holloway's horse (Always B Miki) in there," said MacDonell. "It will probably set up for a pretty competitive race and if he is back to where we think he can be he will be competitive as they are."   Last year was the first appearance for Somebeachsomewhere as a sire in the North America Cup.   His most notable son to date, Captaintreacherous, captured the Cup en route to earning over $2 million on the season.   MacDonell said he is happy to have another Cup hopeful and for it to be a son of "The Beach" is an added bonus.   "It is special and especially with a son of his, until we get there it is a bit stressed, but if we get there it will be a nice feeling," said MacDonell, also noting the parallels between "The Beach" and "Melmerby". "They have a lot of similar qualities, they are both top gaited horses, they both want to race and all those things add up."   The 2008 Cup victory for MacDonell was his first North America Cup in his eighth try, since then he has had two attempts to regain Cup glory, finishing third in 2010 behind Piece Of The Rock and seventh in 2011 with Eighteen.   Capturing his first North America Cup meant a lot to MacDonell and he would love to do again.   "(Winning) it certainly takes that burden off, I don't know how many tries I had at it before I actually won it, and once you get it it's kind of really nice and just makes you crave more."   by Mark McKelvie

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