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Five years after harness racing trainer Casie Coleman won the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and set Sportswriter on track to become the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, the trainer is back in the NA Cup with Arque Hanover. Casie Coleman of Cambridge remembers Sportswriter’s 2010 victory in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack as if it was yesterday, not five years ago. “Saying that, I’ve got three-year-olds of his in the barn,” she said, laughing. “Time flies.” Sportswriter, now based at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, ON, is the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Coleman said it all started with his Pepsi North America Cup win. “We had a rough Cup week with Sportswriter. I wasn’t even sure we were going to be able to race in the final that week (due to serious feet problems). He ended up winning it and it was pretty special,” Coleman said. “Obviously that sealed the deal to take him to stud which was going to be a huge stepping stone. So far, he’s proven himself as a sire.” Saturday night, Coleman will try to win the NA Cup for the second time in her career. She sends out Arque Hanover from post seven with Hall of Famer John Campbell in the bike on behalf of part-owner and fellow trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh, ON. Earlier this year, Gillis sent Arque Hanover to Coleman’s U.S. stable to race in a stakes event at Yonkers Raceway in New York City. Coleman maintains stables in Canada and New Jersey. When Arque Hanover returned to Canada, Gillis and fellow owners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON, Big Als Stable of Woodbridge, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY opted to keep the son of Rock N Roll Heaven with Coleman for the North America Cup run. “Switching barns back and forth so many times wasn’t going to make much sense for the horse. So, they just decided they would keep him with me for the Cup. Then after the Cup he’s going back to the States and he’s pretty fully staked through the summer in the U.S.” Coleman said she was impressed with Arque Hanover’s second-place finish in his NA Cup elimination on June 13, despite finishing six lengths behind morning line Cup favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit, an opponent Coleman calls “an absolute creature. No one’s beaten him, yet, and he’s just been awesome.” Arque Hanover, winless in five starts this year, has been pegged at 25-1 in the morning line. “Hopefully, they can go some speed duels up front. I don’t believe mine will be part of the speed duel, but you never know. He can leave lots if (John) Campbell decides to do that. But, in a perfect world, I’d love to somehow be second over. That would be sweet, but I’m a realist… Not many people can beat Wiggle It Jiggleit, especially the way he looked last week. But, it’s a horse race. You never know and I think my horse is as good as any of the other ones.” “He’s just a sweetheart. He’s good-gaited, he’s a nice horse in the barn. Everything we’ve asked of him, he does it. He just wants to do his job. He digs hard right to the wire and he definitely doesn’t want to be beaten. We’ve only had the horse about a month or so, but, so far, I haven’t found many bad qualities on him.” The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is race 12 on a gangbusters 15-race, stakes-rich Mohawk card that starts with a 6:30 p.m. first-race post. The Pepsi North America Cup will also be televised live on TSN. The show begins at 10 p.m. For more information about the Pepsi North America Cup, including a long list of fan promotions, please visit: www.northamericacup.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Headed by the 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, McWicked, harness racing’s top crop from last year have made the final nomination payment for the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The rich final, restricted to just 19 four-year-olds in 2015, is set for Sunday, August 23 on 3R’s half mile oval with the top eight money winners this season at time of entry getting their nose on the starting gate. Mr. Consistent of 2014, McWicked, hails from the Casie Coleman Stable and is owned by Ed James SSG Stable of North Boston, NY. The colt won 12 of 23 races and hit the board a total of 21 times.  He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included the Breeders Crown and a stakes-record triumph in the Progress Pace. His other major victories included the included the Delvin Miller Adios and Max C. Hempt Memorial. His time of 1:47.3f in the Hempt at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. McWicked is just getting geared up for the 2015 season and recently won a qualifying race at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2. Next on the list is All Bets Off. This son of Bettors Delight won $911,000 last year and is already on a roll in 2015. He recently won his elimination division and then the $200,000 final of the Confederation Cup. Big Boy Dreams, winner last year of the Windy City Pace, was purchased during the off season for $265,000, and is now trained by Rene Allard who has set their sights on the Prix D’Ete. Already this season the son of If I Can Dream, has won back to back Open events at both Yonkers and Pocono Downs, the fastest an impressive 1:49.4. Another outstanding four-year-old nominated is He’s Watching, who set the world record last season with his 1:46.4 triumph in the Meadowlands Pace. The list keeps looking stronger with outstanding performers Limelight Beach, Luck Be Withyou and Somewhere In L A also eligible to the Prix D’Ete. “This is a superb list of top horses for this year’s Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “It is safe to say that with this caliber of great horses eligible, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 set last year in the Prix D’Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip, will most certainly be in jeopardy. “We are looking forward to having a great Prix D’Ete weekend August 22 and 23,” Trudel said. “We want to invite everyone to come out to beautiful Trois-Rivieres for our live harness racing and enjoy our wonderful Quebecois hospitality!” From the Quebec Jockey Club Final Nominees 2015 Prix D’Ete All Bets Off Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million Am Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western He’s Watching Ideal Cowboy Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked National Best Somewhere In LA Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Winds Of Change

Reverend Hanover is one of harness racing’s newest and brightest stars to reserve stall space in  the Stable of Horses That God Loves.   The handsome, undefeated  three-year-old  joins a barn full of 48 horses campaigning with hoof beats with  heart  to support a major fundraising initiative that has attracted the attention of mainstream media and embraced by a groundswell of support from horsepeople that have a collective sense of purpose to help their own.    The Reverend, a $24,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, capped his undefeated  four-win two-year-old  season for co-owners Steve Calhoun of Chatham, West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario and trainer Casie Coleman  with an easy victory in the $250,000  Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final.  The Sportswriter colt is second choice in Trot’s  Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, Canada’s richest race, set for Mohawk Racetrack on June 20th.   The members of the Stable That God Loves will contribute one per cent of their 2015 purse earnings to the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada.   To date 47  standardbreds and one thoroughbred are bedded down in in God’s Stable. The lone thoroughbred is Mac Nichol’s three-year-old Madefromlucky, from Erin, Ontario, who has already banked $225,200 from three trips postward this season.   Some of Madefromlucky’s  big name stablemates in the Stable That God Loves include Ed James’ McWicked, John Fielding’s 2014 Dan Patch recipient Shake It Cerry, John Craig’s 2013 Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, Adriano Sorella’s 2013 Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation and a host of upcoming three-year-old talent:  Jack Darling’s Code One Hanover, winner of the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final,  Dustin Jones’ Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final winner Don’t Rush ($296,985),  George Millar’s Our Hot Majorette,  John Fielding’s Manny in Sports ($185,870) and Doug Millard’s Elegant Serenity.   Silky Flashy N Fast,  owned by Harry Rutherford and trainer Ben Baillargeon, is the lone two-year-old in God’s Stable. The Kadabra-sired colt is a half -brother to their good trotting mare Rockin With Dewey.   The leading money winner in God’s Stable is the  Norm Clement trio of Its Payday Friday, PL Hellcat and PL Idaho with $75,676 from eight wins and  seven seconds  in 21 starts.   Stall space is always available in the Stable of Horses That God Loves. Stall applications should be sent to Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.ca   . . . .   or Ken Middleton:  k.middleton@rogers.com   Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter- @StableGodLoves

WELLINGTON, FL- This past Sunday, April 19, 2015, Stathis Enterprises (SE) and the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) were sponsors of the 111th U.S Open Polo Championship - and wrapped up the 2015 polo season with the go-to VIP party of the season, where top Polo officials, players and fans gathered to celebrate this year's championship match. It was won in overtime by Valiente over Orchard Hill, 11-9. Guests were also treated to a sneak peak of the WCRF's collection of state-of-art harness racing chariots, which promise to revolutionize the Standardbred industry. It was a perfect blend of harness racing and polo. "The U.S. Open Polo Championship final is a great way to celebrate tradition, culture and of course, horses. For that reason, we're especially proud to connect our next generation with an equestrian sport that has withstood the test of time for more than 2,000 years - chariot racing," said SE and WCRF founder Sam Stathis. "The WCRF aims to raise major visibility for harness racing and exceed all previous expectations by attracting new fans and new owners to the sport that founded the Olympic games in antiquity," Stathis said. "While our new chariots may look futuristic they function much like their original counterparts during the Olympic Games of Ancient Greece." The exclusive after party held at the Palm Beach International Polo Club (IPC), was a veritable who's who of the polo industry, including IPC President John Wash, the Patron of the Coca-Cola Women's Polo Team, Gillian Johnston, the number one internationally ranked polo player, Adolfo Cambiaso, actor/rapper Vanilla Ice, polo star Nic Roldan and girlfriend/equestrian Jessica Springsteen, plus publisher Roxanna Cella and Jason Fenescey (Editor) of "Palm Beach Rox" and LIFE|STYLE Magazine. The event, organized by Eventsy, also featured a showcase and auction of the latest collection of luxury handbags from fashion designer Stefano Laviano - with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to Horses Healing Hearts, a 501c3 charitable organization that helps children raised with addiction in their home to begin recovery by working with horses. About WCRF Dedicated to revitalizing and re-branding harness racing as a "Sustainable Sport"â„¢ with as much thrill and excitement as auto racing, the World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) is creating heightened interest with events being scheduled around the world. With the WCRF bringing together breeders, owners, trainers, drivers, tracks, fans, media groups and corporate sponsors, the WCRF also champions the green revolution, spearheading the growth of ecological sustainability in both harness chariot racing and auto sports combined. About Stathis Enterprises Stathis Enterprises, (SE) led by Founder and CEO Sam Stathis, operates an extensive research and development program committed to continuous evolution and exploration by generating new and innovative technologies that deliver the highest quality products and services. Some of SE's products and services include Polo Electric Corporation, Celebrity Vision Marketing, Celebrity Farms Racing, Theometrics and Theometrics University. About Eventsy Eventsy is New York City's fastest growing social and business networking company that caters to elite professionals by filling their personal and professional lives with weekly opportunities to network, meet new people, and accelerate their career paths, while experiencing the city's best restaurants, lounges and "invite only" events. For more information, please visit: http://www.stathisenterprises.com http://www.worldchariot.org/about/ By Steve Wolf and Eventsy for Stathis Enterprises    

Vegas Vacation, one of the continent's all stars in his three-year-old campaign will return to the harness racing wars in God's Stable in 2015.   The classy and talented multiple stakes winner trained by Casie Coleman, was a gem of consistency in his three-year-old campaign with a handsome record of 11-10-1 in 30 starts, with earnings of $1,071,788 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 for his Toronto owner, Adriano Sorella. An O'Brien award recipient as Canada's three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2013, Vegas Vacation racked up victories In the Empire Breeders Classic, the Matron and divisions of the Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere Stakes , then capped his season strutting victory lane in the 68th edition of the prestigious Little Brown Jug. Vegas Vacation took a year off to recover from an injury sustained in his three-year-old year, but, according to his owner, Adriano Sorella "he is coming back strong and is staked very heavily for the 2015 season." Vegas Vacation is the 37th and the newest member of the" Stable That God Loves", a major fundraising initiative and good news story that has attracted the attention of mainstream media and embraced by a groundswell of support from horsemen with a collective sense of purpose to help their own. As a member of the Stable That God Loves, one per cent of Vegas Vacation's season's purse earnings will be donated to the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada. "I have seen the work which the program (Chaplaincy) is involved in, and I would definitely like to be part of the fundraising" said Adriano Sorella.   Following is a current list of the horses and their owners (in brackets) in the Stable That God Loves.   SHAKE IT CERRY (John Fielding)   MANNY IN SPORTS (John Fielding)   PL HERCULES (Norm Clements)   IT'S PAYDAY FRIDAY (Daniel Clements)   PL IDAHO (Norm Clements and Daniel Clements)   PL HELLCAT (Norm Clements and Daniel Clements)   ROCKIN WITH DEWEY (Harry Rutherford and Ben Baillargeon)   SILKY FLASHY N FAST (Harry Rutherford and Ben Baillargeon)   LUCK BE WITHYOU (John Craig)   MADEFROMLUCKY (Thoroughbred) (Mac Nichol)   ARMSTEAD PAIGE (Dr. Roly Armitage)   IN RHYTHM (Dustin Jones and Diamond Creek Farm)   DON'T RUSH (Dustin Jones)   UTTER NONSENSE (Dustin Jones)   CHARLIE IS A JOKER (Tom Rankin)   FEELIN FREE (Ted Nadhazi)   MACHYNBIRD PRINCESS (Canamerica Capital Corp &Hyatt Holdings, Inc) (First Win for God's stable)   AINT SHE A SWEETIE (Canamerica Capital Corp & Richard Papazian)   ADORE HIM (Canamerica Capital Corp & Richard Papazian)   EINSTEIN'S BEST (Hyatt Holdings, Richard Papazian & Canamerica Capital)   LEXUS HAWKEYE (John Patterson)   THORS SEELSTER (John Patterson) (Second winner for God's Stable)   NAMES MUSCLE (John Patterson)   LITTLE MISS SPORTY (John Patterson)   JHIGH (Anna Glide)   STONEBRIDGE QUEST (Angie and Cal Stiller)   STONEBRIDGE BRULE (Angie and Cal Stiller)   STONEBRIDGE EPIC (Angie and Cal Stiller)   NASHVILLE (Don and Glenda Armitage)   VEGAS VACATION (Adriano Sorella)     (Horse to be named) Rob and Wayne Giles   ( Horse to be named) (Luc Ouellette)   (Horse to be named) (Luc Ouellette)   (Horse to be named) (Doug Millard)   (Horse to be Named) (Ben Wallace)   (Horse to be named) ( George Millar, Millar Farms)   For additional information contact Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca or Ken Middleton: kmiddleton@rogers.com                      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The richest and fastest harness racing pacing colts of the 2014 season in North America have been nominated to the second annual revival of the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000 Prix D’Ete is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and the race will be held on Sunday, August 23. It is the richest harness horse race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races for four-year-olds in the sport. Headlining the list of the 28 four-year-olds that features six of the top ten money winning three-year-olds from last year is $1,472,937 winner McWicked. He was voted the Dan Patch award and the O’Brien award as North America’s top three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2014. Last year he was victorious in the Breeders Crown, the Hempt Memorial, the Adios Pace and the Progress Pace for trainer Casie Coleman and Ed James SSG Stable. He is joined by other world class performers All Bets Off, He’s Watching, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach and Somewhere In L A among the top ten money winners from 2014. Three of the horses nominated are million dollar lifetime winners, McWicked, He’s Watching and All Bets Off. And if speed counts for anything, then the Prix D’Ete eligibles for 2015 have that too, as five of the six fastest three-year-old pacing colts last year were also nominated. There are 12 horses nominated with a race record of 1:50 or faster. He’s Watching, with his amazing 1:46.4 world record performance in the Meadowlands Pace final, which ties him as a co-fastest harness race horse ever, heads the lineup followed by McWicked’s  1:47.3 world record mile at Pocono Downs, Always B Miki (1:47.4), Luck Be With You (1:48) and All Bets Off (1:48.3). “With this caliber of horses nominated,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “the Hippodrome 3R track record set last year by Sunfire Blue Chip in 1:50.3 in the Prix D’Ete could easily be broken. What a great group of horses we have that have been nominated.” Jimmy Takter trained Sunfire Blue Chip, who was driven in the Prix D’Ete by local favorite, Yannick Gingras. Takter hopes to return once again to vie for the Prix D’Ete trophy as his stable has nominated Somewhere In L A, who last year won over $500,000 with a record of 1:50. The top four leading money winner trainers in 2014 all have horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete. They are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Erv Miller and Casie Coleman. “We could not be more pleased with such top horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete,” Trudel added, “There are still two more nomination payments that must be made in April and May, but I am sure that most of these horses will remain eligible. It will also be exciting as this season we have purchased a new starting car with a slated gate that will make the races even more competitive.” There is also a local flavor to the race as seven of the horses entered have Quebec-based connections. They are Atomic Million AM, Bettorever, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, Electric Western, Titus Seelster and Vance Bayama. “It is shaping up that we can look forward to an exciting live race meet at 3R,” Trudel said. “The race fans will not only get to see the best horses compete in the Prix D’Ete, but with the new starting gate, our $1 million Quebec-bred series, the drivers tournament and the special promotions we have planned throughout the season, opening day on Sunday, May 3 cannot arrive fast enough.” From the Quebec Jockey Club Here are the 28 horses nominated in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Always B Miki Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million AM Best Said Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western Fort Knox He’s Watching Jet Airway Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked Melmerby Beach National Debt Roger Mach EM Silverhill Shadow Somewhere In L A Speckled Door Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Vance Bayama Whiskey N Pie Winds Of Change

The cheers from the Harness racing fraternity in Southwestern Ontario will be loud and long this Saturday when Madefromlucky heads postward in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.   The talented three-year-old thoroughbred colt trained by noted conditioner, Todd Pletcher for Erin, Ontario horseman, Mac Nichol, and Everett Dobson, one of the owners of the Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA, will be trying for his third consecutive victory in the 1- 1/16 mile test, which is a stepping stone on the road to the famed Kentucky Derby on May 2nd. So, why all of the cheers from the harness community for this handsome bay thoroughbred speedster? Well, Madefromlucky, is a member, and the only thoroughbred member of 'the Stable That God Loves', and, one per cent of his purse earnings in 2015 will go to Chaplain Ken Carter's homeless Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada that is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario. To date a total of 26 horses are committed to this innovative program, which is designed to raise much needed operating funds for the tireless work of the Chaplaincy, and also to put a good face on horse racing. The program hit mainstream media last week (March 5th) with an excellent two-page spread in the Toronto Sun, penned by Steve Buffery. Mac Nichol is the first owner from the "thoroughbred" community to support the Stable That God Loves, which so far includes many prominent standardbred owners, including John Fielding, John Craig, Harry Rutherford, Mark Hyatt, Dustin Jones, Norm Clements, Dr. Roly Armitage, Doug Millard and Tom Rankin, to name a few" " I figured I'll mix it up a bit on this thoroughbred and maybe it will open some more doors for support (for the chaplaincy)" said Mac. Mac Nichol is the owner of Ideal Training Centre, a 50-acre showplace with accommodation for 123 horses and excellent 5/8 mile training track in Erin. He has won plenty of major races in harness racing, either as a majority owner or partner, including the Little Brown Jug and the North America Cup in 2007 with Tell All, the 2011 Breeders Crown three-year-old filly Pace with Monkey On My Wheel and the Confederation Cup with American Ideal, among others. He has an interest in about 25 standardbreds and his trainers include Casie Coleman, Colin Johnson, Jeff Gillis and Tony Alagna. Madefromlucky was a $150,000 purchase as a two-year-old in training last year. His sire, Lookin At Lucky, won the 2010 edition of the Rebel. Madefromlucky will face six formidable opponents in this 55th running of the Rebel. He will break from post 2 with jockey John Velasquez aboard. Post time for the Rebel Stakes is 6:06 pm Central time. G O  -  M A D E F R O M L U C K Y For additional information: Bill Galvin billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca . . 647-280-7640  

The statistical side of harness racing is always a great indicator about who is setting the standard in our industry. Facts don't lie and they are hard to ignore when they consistently point in one direction. One interesting set of statistics recently crossed our desk here at Harnesslink and it didn't surprise us in the slightest. It just reinforced the perception that we had formed over the last few years watching harness racing in North America. Casie Coleman is a phenomenon in our industry and is setting records that may prove really hard for those following behind to even equal let alone better. The statistics in question on this occasion were in relation to Casie Coleman and her amazing feat in having a three-year-old male pacer win more than $750,000 in a season for the last five years in a row. The list below of the five pacers in question is not a bad selection of three year old pacers. 2010 Sportswriter $750,780 2011 Betterthancheddar $771,809 2012 Michaels Power $1,463,912  2013 Vegas Vacation $971,632 2014 McWicked $1,472,937  The previous record in North America for training $750,000 winners in consecutive seasons was three which Casie broke last year. The overall leader in producing $750,000 winners is Brett Pelling with nine, closely followed by Bill Robinson on eight with Casie on five. At her present rate it will not be very long before Casie overtakes these two legendary trainers for the top spot on the all time list. There has only ever been 112 three-year-old pacers who have earned over $750,000 in a season since Hot Hitter first achieved the feat in 1979. One interesting statistic amongst it all was the country of origin of the trainer of each of the 112 horses who had won $750,000 in a season. The USA held first place with 54 followed closely by Canada with 44, New Zealand with 13 and Sweden with one.  At her present rate of success Casie may square the ledger on her own before she steps back from the sport  she loves. Statistical information provided by Bob Heyden, for the Meadowlands

The distaff element of harness racing—two legged and four—has stepped to the fore and shone brightly during 2014. JK She’salady, the first freshman filly to be voted Horse of the Year, stands above all others in this regard. A perfect 12 for 12 season with a 1:50.1 world record to boot, secures her top spot. And beyond that, she is trained by Nancy Johansson, who thus becomes the second woman to train a Horse of the Year. Linda Toscano was the first, in 2012 when Chapter Seven won. Many were adamant about a two-year-old filly never winning this award, but her flawed opponents cancelled each other out and she emerged as a narrow winner. McWicked, who received only two votes, is the only other O’Brien eligible horse that received Horse of the Year votes in the US. So, the Art Major filly, who won five times in Canada, is odds on to be voted Horse of the Year in Canada as well. With a couple of weeks left in the year there are three women in the top dozen of the leading trainer’s money list. Casie Coleman is number four with $4.5 million earned in many fewer starts than any other trainer in the top 15. Right now she only has nine more wins than in all of 2013, but she’s earned a million dollars more than she did last year. Coleman is, like Jimmy Takter, a quality over quantity trainer. Her Dan Patch winner, McWicked, who won the Breeders Crown and the Adios, sports the second largest bankroll overall--$1.4 million. And several from Sportswriter’s successful first crop, including Super Final winner Reverend Hanover, also contributed. Julie Miller currently occupies the six slot on the money list, after finishing 17th in 2013. The fact that husband Andy spent the heart of the season recovering from a broken back suffered in an accident at Yonkers in mid-April didn’t make things any easier. Perfect Alliance, who won 11 in a row early in the year, as well as Robin Cruiser and Katie Said had successful campaigns. Market Share’s earnings were cut in half this year, Heston Blue Chip never regained his colt form and Chapter Seven is a distant memory, but Linda Toscano is still holding down the number 11 spot.  And we can’t forget about Riina Rekila, whose Muscle Hill colt E L Titan won the Galt with her driving and then beat Dan Patch winner, Father Patrick, in the Erskine for Ron Pierce. Trotter of the Year, Shake It Cerry, is the diagonally gaited miss who best represents the exceptional talent displayed by the distaff set in 2014. She won 15 of her 17 starts, with her only losses coming to a pair of formidable foes—Designed To Be in an early season edition of the PASS and, of course, to stablemate Lifetime Pursuit in the Oaks. Cerry set a stakes record in winning the BC and established a Dover Downs track record when she won the Matron. And it’s only fitting that ten years ago her dam Solveig won a Dan Patch. Sydney Weaver was the at the epicenter of the most potent demonstration of social media as a positive force in harness racing early in the year when her beloved mare Sydney Seelster was taken from her in a claiming race at Flamboro Downs. Trainer Guy Gagnon was pilloried on Facebook and Twitter for making the claim and soon cried uncle, agreeing to allow Sydney to claim her mare back. All of this went down back in February, but I can’t think of anything that topped it as the feel good story of the year. A woman who achieved a measure of notoriety this year for abusing her horses is photo journalist/trainer/amateur blacksmith and self-proclaimed equine maven Monica Thors. She was trimming the hooves of her horses to the point where they bled and became infected from the glue she used to keep the shoes on, leading to a situation where they either couldn’t stand or died. The state was moving at a glacial pace to correct this situation when Kathy McGuire, an animal cruelty investigator, got things moving. A Facebook page entitled “Stop Monica Thors,” which has drawn almost 14,000 Likes, brought enough pressure on regulators to remove the horses from Thors’ property. Whether it was base incompetence, a dark heart or personal issues that led to this tragedy, Monica Thors represents the worst of women in 2014. Thankfully there was a Kathy McGuire to help right the wrong. At the end of March Premier Kathleen Wynne, confirmed a $500 million dollar investment in horse racing by the Ontario Government. This was one year to the day after Paul Godfrey and Dwight Duncan had hung a March 31, 2013 date on the termination of the fifteen-year-old SARP program which had allowed harness racing to flourish in the province. This partial about face on the part of the Liberal Government has had a soothing effect on the entire industry. Two years ago, when signals were sent that the industry was about to suffer a critical blow, it had a dramatic impact on sales in Canada and the US. This year that situation shifted nicely as Canadians spent freely at Lexington and Harrisburg. And we certainly wouldn’t be looking forward to the Breeders Crown being raced at Woodbine in 2015 without this five-year government funding guarantee. The men in the OLG screwed this thing up big time, leaving it to Wynn to open her eyes and ears and realize that racing was worth saving in Ontario.  Male chauvinism is alive and well in harness racing. Many are furious about JK She’salady capturing Horse of the Year honors, and Casie Coleman, who has always inspired jealousy, sent them over the edge with her new trim physique. However, even the grump brigade can’t deny the prominent role the distaff set played in this game during 2014. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Harness racing’s newest Hall of Famer, David Miller, gave a dramatic first-over drive with McWicked at Dover Downs Sunday in capturing the $301,650 final of the Progress Pace. McWicked was parked out for a good part of the mile but still was able to grind it out and pull away in the stretch to win by one and a half lengths in an eye-popping 1:48.4 clocking. With his victory, McWicked may have all but sewed up the Dan Patch Award as the sport’s top three-year-old pacing colt.  He closes out his 2014 race season with superior numbers including 12 wins in 23 starts. The son of McArdle finish in the money (top three positions) in 21 of his 23 starts with earnings of $1,472,000 and an impressive world record  mile of 1:47.3 at Pocono Downs. He raced nearly the entire season against the best in his class, week in week out for most of the entire stakes season. With the winner’s share of the purse in the Progress Pace Final at $150,825 and 5% of that going to David Miller for his driving commission, that comes out to roughly $7,541 for his time in the sulky. Not a bad payday at all for less than two minutes work. But wait, don’t forget to deduct the $750 first offense fine that the Dover Downs judges have imposed on David Miller for “kicking” McWicked coming around the final turn. Now Miller will be getting only $6,791 for the win plus any added bonus from the SSG Stable for the victory. And it wasn’t a simple touch or nudging of McWicked’s hock to excite the horse and get a little extra out of him. And it wasn’t that David’s foot slipped off the narrow foot rest peg and happen to out there for the horse to hit. This was pretty much blatantly placing his foot so that McWicked’s right hind leg had to strike Miller’s foot. Look at the attached video (both live race speed and slow motion) and see how strong McWicked’s leg comes back and slams into David Miller’s foot. Not once or twice but eight or nine times in a row. After the first time you would think Miller would have achieved his goal and put his foot back on the peg, but he left it there to get hit again and again. You could credit David Miller for doing everything he could to get the most out of McWicked and win the race. That’s what the betting public wants to see. We applaud drivers whose goal it is to win every time they get in the sulky, but at what costs? “I take my foot out of the stirrup and he bumps into my foot,” David Miller explained, “I never kick a horse. People have to understand that. His hock comes back and strikes my boot. There is no way in the world that I am hurting a horse or doing any damage to the horse.” The $750 fine is not just a drop in the bucket, even to someone like David Miller and other top drivers. The judges at Dover Downs said that a second offense fine for kicking would be more and after that the driver becomes a habitual offender and that the fines and possible suspension from racing would increase dramatically for a third or fourth offense. “This is ridiculous,” Miller said about the fine. “I realize that people are really down on this idea of “kicking” but it was worth every bit of the $750 fine for letting his hock hit my foot. I was out there to win and that’s what I did, I won. If that is what it took to win the race then that’s what I did. “I will take a fine any time for sticking my foot out,” Miller said. “I don’t want to have to use my whip. I carry a whip to help remind a horse to keep his mind on racing, to pay attention to what I want them to do and to urge them to go faster. Some horses I know I can never use the whip on because they won’t go any faster.” “I was not able to come up for the race,” Casie Coleman said. “I was in Florida and I did watch it on the computer but did not notice David doing anything to the horse. David would never hurt a horse. The horse won quite easily. He came out of the race just fine and is feeling good this morning.” “When I drove home from Dover last night I was very happy,” Miller said. “The horse raced tremendous. I think a lot of the horse. I think he is the best of all the three-year-olds this season, a top horse. Come this morning I hear from the judges at Dover that I am getting fined $750. “I am so aggravated right now over this whole deal,” Miller explained. “People think I am being cruel to horses. They don’t understand. I am not just a catch driver who shows up to race every night. I get up early every morning. I own horses, train my horses and I treat them like I do any horse I drive. I have never nor will I ever abuse a horse.” What if McWicked said to himself that he did not like this happening to him and stuck his toes in or made a break and took out the field? Of course, McWicked can’t tell us if he minds or doesn’t mind striking David Miller’s boot so many times in a race. “I would never endanger the horse I am driving,” Miller said, “or the other drivers and horses in any race I am in and I most certainly would not endanger myself ever in a race. I have no issues with dropping my foot so his hock comes back and strikes it. I would rather do that anytime then strike a horse with my whip.” This is not a first offense by David Miller for “kicking” McWicked. He was also fined $100 at the Meadows for “kicking” him on August 29. In fact, over his long driving career, David Miller has had many infractions for either “kicking” a horse or taking his foot out of the stirrups that it was hard to keep count of. There were eight offenses in 2014. And the fines he has had to pay over the years could be in the thousands of dollars. “Unless people have gotten in a bike and trained or driven a horse they can’t know what it is like being in my shoes,” Miller explained, “I drive to win and I would never put myself at risk or anyone else in a race, driver or horse. It’s not cruel or inhumane what we do in a race. The people complaining don’t know what they are talking about and most have never sat behind a horse. I was in the barn before I could walk. I have driven in thousands of races and I know what I am doing as do most of the drivers.” Many owners and trainers do not want to see their horses treated or abused when they race. The question is if a driver dropping their foot in a race to “wake up or startle” their horse to get more out of them is that wrong or not? We know excessive use of the whip should be met with the harshest of fines and suspensions. David Miller totally agrees with that, but when it comes to dropping your foot from the stirrup and letting a horse’s hock strike it in a race, David Miller says it is a non-issue and should never be compared to whipping. Usually David Miller is soft spoken and almost shy when asked about his racing career and the many great horses he had driven. He is extremely passionate about the sport that he has made his Hall of Fame career with. But when it comes to this issue of not having his foot in the stirrup, watch out, and don’t ever accuse him of kicking a horse because you will unleash another side of David Miller most of us have never seen. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

DOVER, Del. --- Sunday, Dec. 7 was Miller Time at Dover Downs as harness racing driver  David Miller drove both winners in the six-figure feature races on a chilly and windy early evening in Delaware. The Hall of Famer guided McWicked to a 1:48.4 victory in the track's signature event, the 301,650 Progress Pace after steering Sonofa Sizzle home in 1:52.1 in a mild upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male pace final. Paying a $25,000 supplemental fee paid off for owner Ed James' SSG Stable as McWicked swept both the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue and $301,650 final in identical clocking of 1:48.4, but the manner of victories varied. After a wire-to-wire success the prior week, this time Miller drove the Mcardle-Western Sahara colt out of third place approaching the half and then sided-up first-over to race leader JK Endofanera, driven by Yannick Gingras, on the backstretch and battled around the final turn before pulling away early in the stretch for his 12th win of the year raising his seasonal bankroll to $1,472,887 and $1,652,504 for his two seasons of racing. JK Endofanera was a length back in second with Tim Tetrick rallying Somewhere In LA for third money. Bib Boy ?Dreams (Ron Pierce) winner of the recent Matron Final at Dover was fourth in front of million-dollar winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), fifth. After a strong summer campaign, McWicked, who was a strong favorite in the Little Brown Jug, but had to settle for a fifth in the final, tailed off slightly until recently when trainer Casie Coleman got the colt back to top form finishing third in the Matron, then second in a Breeders Crown elimination prior to a 1:49 success in the $531,250 final before coming to Dover Downs. Two races earlier, Mike White's Sonofa Sizzle, bred by Delawareans Charles and Diana Coursey, came on strongly for Miller in the $100,000 DSBF final for a 1:52.1 triumph. Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague in the bike, had carved out a 1:51.4 DSBF all-time fastest mile a week ago in a prelim, and this week led from the start with fast fractions until the field turned down the homestretch. Sonofa Sizzle came from way back on the outside to rush to the front and victory. A 54-1 shot, Roddy's Hot Again (George Dennis) came on Second with Smoking Joey (Corey Callahan) third. A son of Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like, Sonofa Sizzle won for the fourth time this season in 10 starts with three seconds and a third. The Gary Green-trainee has now won $115,516 Joining David Miller with two wins were drivers Allan Davis, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden and trainers Buddy Bright and Wayne Givens. . On Monday, the final $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old final of the boasts a strong field of filly pacers led by Totally Rusty and Purrfect Bags. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Horse owner Ed James figures it's best to do a lot of listening and limit his talking. So James listened when he was advised that McWicked was the best horse in the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale. And his response was succinct. "I said, OK I'll buy him," James recalled, laughing. "I make it simple." James, who races as S S G Stables, bought McWicked for $210,000. He put the 3-year-old pacer in the care of trainer Casie Coleman and the colt has won 11 of 22 races, hit the board a total of 20 times, and earned $1.32 million. His victories include the Breeders Crown, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Delvin Miller Adios, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. On Sunday, McWicked will start from post four with driver David Miller in the $301,560 Progress Pace at Dover Downs in Delaware. McWicked is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line behind 7-5 favorite JK Endofanera, who drew post two with driver Yannick Gingras. The six-horse Progress Pace field also includes Big Boy Dreams, National Debt, Somewhere In L A, and All Bets Off. McWicked, who was supplemented to the race for $25,000, won this past Sunday's $35,000 Progress Pace Preview by two lengths over JK Endofanera in 1:48.4. The stakes record for the Progress Pace is 1:49, set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip. "I've been in this business for 58 years and never had a horse this good," the 83-year-old James said about McWicked. "I have no concern at all with him. I trust in the ability he has to be as good as the next best one. I think David gave him a great drive the other night. Hopefully he can do it again." James, who is the president of SSG Gloves, purchased McWicked following a 2-year-old campaign in which the colt won three of 10 starts and $179,617 while in the stable of trainer Julie Miller. He turned over the horse to trainer Jim McDonald, who prepped McWicked for his 3-year-old season, and then to Coleman. "Casie said, 'This is a real good horse. I can make him a great horse.' So she did," James said. "I'm not that smart as far as horses go. But I'm smart as far as people go. And I'm fortunate enough to know good people and I'm fortunate enough that they'll take my horses. I've had very good luck. "I don't say much of anything to my trainers, which they appreciate," he added. "My trainers never hear from me, unless they call me." McWicked leads all 3-year-old pacers in earnings, followed by North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who has banked $1.02 million. Messenger Stakes winner All Bets Off is third on the list, with $911,425. McWicked's only off-the-board finishes were a fourth in the North America Cup final, after winning his elimination, and a fifth in the Little Brown Jug final. "He had a little bit of road trouble in the North America Cup, but that's OK," James said. "I never did drive, I have no intentions of learning to drive, so I don't tell anybody how to drive." McWicked won seven of eight starts between June 21 and Sept. 7, then was winless in his next seven races before capturing the Breeders Crown on Nov. 22 at the Meadowlands. He has raced on Lasix his three most recent starts, picking up two wins and a second. "The horse came back to where he was and he's doing exactly the same thing he used to," said James, whose other top horses include millionaire Hyperion Hanover. "I thought when we started out the year he'd end up one of the top horses of the year. Now with the slump he had, it may not come out that way. That's up to the judges. "I'll appreciate (divisional honors) if it comes, but mainly for the benefit of the trainers." One more stakes event, the Cleveland Classic on Dec. 12 at Northfield Park, remains on the schedule for the 3-year-old male pacers following the Progress Pace. McWicked is not eligible to the race, but could be supplemented for $15,000. "Casie hasn't decided if he's going to race," James said. "If she wants to race him again after this one, I don't particularly like half-mile tracks, but that doesn't mean she can't race him there if she thinks he's the best." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

This Week: Progress Pace, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will be at Dover Downs this Sunday (Dec. 7) for the $301,560 Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Preview, turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3 million season, this past Sunday (Nov. 30) at Dover Downs. Complete entries for the race are available at this link. Last time: The Meadowlands hosted a pair of $500,000 TVG FFA Series Championships this past Saturday night (Nov. 29). Sweet Lou was all alone at the wire in the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers. Sweet Lou, in the final race of his career, won the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers at the Meadowlands in 1:48 by 3-3/4 lengths. Sweet Lou and driver Ron Pierce led the field to the 1:21.3 three-quarters and on to the long homestretch. Only 10-year-old Foiled Again parted ways with the pack to muster a challenge for Sweet Lou, but at the wire, it was Sweet Lou first and alone for the last time. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was second and Clear Vision (Tim Tetrick) third. The stallion with the distinctive white blaze was soon mobbed by a crowd that included his owners, Phil Collura, Larry Karr, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, who is set to stand stud at Diamond Creek Farm in 2015. The win was the 11th in 19 season's starts for Sweet Lou and took his 2014 earnings to $1,361,433. He has banked $3,478,894 lifetime on the strength of 33 victories in 74 starts. Intimidate fanned five wide down the stretch to trot by the field to win the $500,000 TVG final for open trotters at the Meadowlands by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. He was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Luc Blais and owners Determination and Judith Farrow. Intimidate was a 1:51.2 winner in the TVG final for open trotters. There were no surprises as the race left the starting gate, with Ake Svanstedt guiding Sebastian K to the lead by the :26.1 first quarter and Maven (Yannick Gingras) right behind him. Creatine (Ron Pierce) trotted up with a rush to get alongside Sebastian K, where he remained through the :54.1 half and on to the 1:23 three-quarters. As the field turned for home, Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick went three wide to press hard on those two leaders and appeared poised to go by before Intimidate emerged five wide to trot by the field for the win. Market Share was second and Creatine third. It was just the fifth win of the year for Intimidate in 14 starts and enough to put him over $1 million lifetime, with career earnings now of $1,224,008. He is a 5-year-old gelding by Justice Hall out of Fabulous Tag. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 2,277; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,177; 3. David Miller - 1,003.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 877.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 647. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,480.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,908; 3. Erv Miller - 446.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 347. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 550.03; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 500.03; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 357; 4. Brittany Farms - 294.45; 5. Robert Key - 272. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit race of 2014 will take place next week at Northfield Park as the Ohio track will host the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

DOVER, Del. --- McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3-million season on Sunday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. With Hall of Famer David Miller at the controls, McWicked moved up quickly to take the lead from JK Endofanero and Yannick Gingras just past the opening quarter in :26.3. From there it was all McWicked passing the half-mile pole in :54.3. Big Boy Dreams, upset winner of the recent Matron Stake at Dover Downs, was first to take a shot as Ron Pierce pulled out to challenge after the half heading to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Miller then poured it on rolling home in :26.3 to stop the clock in 1:48.4, the fastest local time of the season, four-fifth-of-a-second from the track record of 1:48, established last Spring by Bandolino. JK Endofanera, raced second behind McWicked for most of the mile and finished second with Big Boy Dreams, third. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) was fourth in front of Somewhere In LA (Tim Tetrick). McWicked was fresh from victory in the recent Breeders Crown. The ultra-consistent McArdle-Western Sahara colt trained by Casie Coleman for SSG Stables of North Boston, N.Y. has been 1-2-3 in 20 of his 22 races this year. He has banked $1,322,157 in 2014 and $1,491,774 in his career while winning 13 races, 10 seconds and five thirds in only 32 races. All eight starters return next Sunday (Nov. 7) for the $301,000 Progress Pace Final. Fans at the track will receive the handsome 2014 Progress Pace cap. Also on the strong program were three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old colt pacers. Remember Me VK with a 1:51.4 performance is the fastest ever for a freshman, 1:51.4, with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Bobby Wyatt and owners Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt. Remember Me VK was also winner of last month's $100,000 DSBF Final in Harrington Raceway track record time of 1:52.3. Sonofa Sizzle (Corey Callahan) was an easy second. Seboomook Katahdin (Allan Davis) was third. Corey Callahan teamed with Howard Taylor's Smoking Joey to win the first DSBF prelim fashioning a 1:53.4 score. The Riggins-You Don't Know Me gelding, never out of the money in eight starts, is trained by Doug Lewis. Rigged To Go (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Art Season (Allan Davis) third. Scott Woogen's KJ Ben, handled by Art Stafford Jr. won the third and final $20,000 prelim with a 1:54.1 victory, his fifth in eight lifetime trips. A homebred son of Riggins-Winsmith Karen, Duane Wagner conditions the winner. Dashboard (Trace Tetrick) and Roddy's Hot Again (George Dennis) were second and third respectively. Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. had driving doubles. A pair of $20,000 DSBF Filly paces and an $18,000 Mares Open pace highlight the Monday, Dec. 1 card. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

October 11, 2014. Reverend Hanover, called the mirror image of his sire Sportswriter by his trainer and co-owner, remains unbeaten in his rookie season as he captured tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts with ease at Mohawk Racetrack to give him four wins in as many starts in his young career. Several of the rookies left hard at the start with Make Some Luck gaining control early and pacing by the opening quarter in :27. His stablemate Sporting The Look tried to pass but Make Some Luck wouldn’t comply and meanwhile three wide came Reverend Hanover who took over control and never looked back. He reached the half in :55, the three-quarters in 1:24.3 and could not be caught down the lane as he hit the wire in 1:52.1. Drachan Hanover made a valiant effort and settled for second while Manny In Sports was third. Casie Coleman trains and co-owns the winner, a son of her former stable star Sportswriter whose first crop has been performing impressively all season. “The whole way training down this colt trained like a real great colt. I did have him staked to everything, the Metro, Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup. He bucked a shin right when we got home from Florida. That’s a Thoroughbred injury, it’s not very common in Standardbreds but he did it. I didn’t think he’d race much this season but he healed real quick and we got him ready and did a little racing this season,” explained Coleman. “He’s just like his old man, he’s so much like Sportswriter, you go watch Sportswriter’s replays, then watch Reverend Hanover, it looks like you’re watching the same horse. (He has a) great attitude, great gait, everything about him – he’s just a sweetheart to work around. He’s identical to his father. “He’s going to be turned out now and get ready for the next season.” Purchased by West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario for $24,000 at the Harrisburg Sale, Reverend Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. His dam, Razzle My Dazzle, is a sister to Mystical Mike, Cut Throat and Artistry who have all won more than $300,000 in their careers. Coleman actually had five colts entered into tonight’s Super Final but two had to be scratched due to sickness. The other two, Sportskeeper and Bob Ben And John finished fourth and fifth. She noted she was thankful that the three that did race didn’t get sick as well. Christoforou has been the primary driver on many of Coleman’s youngsters this year. “I needed a driver and he wasn’t committed and it’s been very successful,” said Coleman. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

Harness racing two-year-old pacing colts bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, the undefeated Reverend Hanover and the bargain yearling Drachan Hanover, captured both $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions tonight at Mohawk. The final division saw the lightly raced Reverend Hanover extend his unbeaten record to three with another impressive effort. In that split Mike Saftic and Seaforth were on top by the opening quarter in :26.1 but not for long as Chris Christoforou and Reverend Hanover quickly took over well before the :55.1 half. That colt opened up by the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and could not be caught down the stretch as he won handily in 1:51.4. Manny In Sports (Badlands Hanover) and Bob Ben And John (Sportswriter) were next across. A son of Sportswriter owned by West Wins Stables, Cambridge, Steve Calhoun, Chatham and Anthony Beaton, Waterdown, Ontario, Reverend Hanover has yet to taste defeat in his young career. This was the second OSS Gold win for the $24,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and upped his earnings to $93,000 in just three starts. His paddock mate from Hanover Shoe Farms, Drachan Hanover, took the other division which saw Fighttothefinish fight for the lead and get on top by the first quarter in :26.3. Steve Condren and Go Daddy Go took over well before the :54.3 half and were at the three-quarters in 1:23. Drachan Hanover, who’d been stalking first up, took over the lead as they headed down the stretch and was at the wire first in 1:51.4 for Rick Zeron. Moonwriter and Sportskeeper, both sons of Sportswriter, were next across. A mere $4,500 yearling purchase at Harrisburg last fall, Drachan Hanover has now earned $95,150 from seven starts this year for owners Lloyd MacLean and Ken Rankin of Nova Scotia and trainer Marcel Barrieau. The colt is from a full sister to Driven To Win ($991,000). Two $105,000 divisions for the rookie pacing fillies were also contested tonight. Capela drove out quickly from post six in the second and quickest division but I Wonder Why had collared her by the opening quarter in :27.1. I Wonder Why continued to lead at the half in :55.4 and the three-quarters in 1:24.4. In mid stretch James MacDonald found clearance from the pocket spot for Capela and that filly managed to haul down the pacesetter and trip the timer in 1:53.1. I Wonder Why (Ponder) was right there for second with Palette Tina (Allamerican Native) taking third. It was the first lifetime victory for Capela who had two seconds and two thirds heading into tonight’s contest. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owners Let It Ride Stable of Florida and RBH Ventures of New York, the Sportswriter filly is a half-sister to Machapelo ($593,000) and Resistance Futile ($277,000). The first division saw an upset when Sylvain Filion put Wrangler Magic on top and never looked back through splits of :26.4, :56.2, 1:25.2 and were home in 1:53.3. Aintsheasweetie took second while Solar Sister was third. The top three finishers are all daughters of Mach Three. Heavy favourite and leading point earner Sports Chic mounted a three wide rally in the final turn but tired and finished seventh. It was the second lifetime win in seven tries for Wrangler Magic owned by breeder Dr. Maurice Stewart of Alberta along with Tom Kyron of Toronto and Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms of Quebec. These were the final regular season Gold events for both divisions. The top performers will return for the Super Finals on October 11 back at the Campbellville oval. Results for tonight’s program may be viewed through Mohawk Results - September 30. Ontario Sire Stakes

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