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MILTON, September 7, 2019 - Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna was set up for a successful Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park and walked away with a trio of victories in the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes.   A total of five stakes races were contested on Saturday's 12-race card. Rookie pacers made up the bulk of the marquee events with four Champlain divisions, while a field of seven sophomore pacing fillies clashed in the $168,557 Simcoe Stakes.   Although the races aren't contested on paper, the Alagna barn entered Saturday's stakes with the morning-line favourite in all five races. A new saying of "three out of five ain't bad" could work following Saturday's action.   Alagna's Tall Drink Hanover ran her win streak to five races, taking the Simcoe in stakes-record fashion.   Sent on her way as the 2-5 choice, the three-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous watched the early proceedings from third spot, but was given her cue from driver Andrew McCarthy just moments after an opening quarter-mile paced in :26.4.   Setting the tone through a half-mile in :54.3, Tall Drink Hanover and McCarthy were still in command after three-quarters in 1:22.3, and then braced for the challenges of Boadicea and Sunny Dee as the field straightened for home.   'Tall Drink' dug in gamely to repel a closing Boadicea, who settled for second, crossing the wire a half-length winner in a new Simcoe Stakes standard of 1:49.1. Sunny Dee was third and Better Single was fourth.   "I was looking at the lines on that mare (Boadicea) Jonathan (Drury) was driving, and even Trevor Henry's filly (Sunny Dee) - they both looked like they've been racing terrific," said McCarthy. "Jonathan's mare sounded like she had a lot of go behind me, and mid-stretch, I kind of had to call on her and make sure she went right on because I knew she was coming."   Tall Drink Hanover arrived at the Simcoe off four-consecutive stakes tallies, including wins in a division of the Adioo Volo and the $100,362 Shady Daisy final, for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC.   After a tough start to her season, the bay, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, now has seven wins from 11 starts on the campaign.   "She had an unfortunate start, a couple bad posts, a couple bad trips," noted McCarthy. "But she's really making up for lost time now. She's gotten very sharp."   She paid $2.90 for the Simcoe score.   Tall Drink Hanover   The Alagna barn also made trips to the winner's circle at the start and conclusion of the four Champlain divisions.   Reflect With Me was dominant in her capture of the first $94,299 Champlain division for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The Alagna trainee beat five foes in a stakes record 1:51.1 for her third consecutive stakes victory. Kat finished 2¾ lengths adrift of the odds-on favourite, with Karma Seelster finishing third.   Driver McCarthy sent Reflect With Me to the lead in a backstretch brush after getting away fourth from post four. He would not be required to lift a line again as his Captaintreacherous filly remained in control for the remainder of the mile. Early leader Kat turned away fourth-place-finisher Off the Press in a :27.3 opening quarter, but Reflect With Me would trip the teletimer for the remaining fractions with a half in :56, three quarters in 1:24.1, and a lively :27 final quarter. Kat was unable to make headway down the lane after riding the pocket for the majority of the mile, while Karma Seelster showed late pace to grab the show spot.   "She was very good tonight," said McCarthy. "She had a couple of weeks off to freshen her up a bit, and she was feeling really good about herself tonight once I got her to the front. Midway through the last turn the engine started revving, and she wanted me to let her pace a little bit, but I was just trying to keep her steady. Then I let her pace in the stretch and she was good."   She has now visited the winner's circle four times from six outings and earned more than $130,000 for owners Brittany Farms and Brad Grant. Her trophy cabinet also includes silverware from the Whenyouwishuponastar and the Eternal Camnation, both of which she won in August. A win ticket on her returned $2.50.   Reflect With Me   Reflect With Me   Capt Midnight triumphed in the $89,938 second Champlain division for two-year-old rookie pacers, giving trainer Alagna and driver McCarthy both a stakes hat trick on the card.   A $350,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Capt Midnight's victory boosts his win streak to four and improves his record to four victories in six starts for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing.   McCarthy and the bay colt watched an early tussle for the lead unfold, as Allywag Hanover and Aneto duked it out through brisk early fractions of :26 and :54.   After three-quarters reached in 1:22.1, a patient McCarthy roused Capt Midnight, who responded in kind.   Down the lane, the pair widened their advantage at will, crossing the wire in a stakes record-equaling 1:50.2.   "I kind of let him step out of there a little bit," said McCarthy. "There's a stampede getting into that first turn, so I just lagged back a little bit and watched it unfold. The trip worked out great for me, really."   The son of Captaintreacherous lost in his first two starts, racing from off the pace in divisions of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands. But he got into his winning groove since he took to the racetrack at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   "He pretty much did that under wraps tonight," noted McCarthy. "The ear plugs were still in. I asked him to pace a little bit coming out of the last turn, and mid-stretch he was just kind of ambling along, doing his own thing. He's got a lot more in the tank than that."   Capt Midnight paid $2.20 for the win.   Capt Midnight     Capt Midnight   The $90,938 opening division for colts and geldings saw YS Mathis deliver an impressive performance for his second consecutive victory.   YS Mathis circled all but one of five others in a three-wide final-turn move to win going away in 1:51.3. Winning driver Louis Phillipe Roy tucked in fifth from post seven and sat there through the quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55.2; he then got going as they approached the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and flew home in :26.4 for a lifetime best-equaling effort. He went off the 6-5 favourite and returned $4.70 to win.   Second choice Captain Kirk cut the first three quarters of the contest, but could do little to repel YS Mathis and finished second, 2½ lengths back at the line. Day Delight stayed on for third after the winner stepped around him on the turn. Tattoo Artist was forced to take a seat in third after challenging for the early lead and then came back out again as they turned for home, but tired to finish fifth.   "I always think he can race from wherever we want, but even with that short field - six horses - I was kind of scared we would go slow fractions," said Roy. "So off the gate, I was kind of ready to get him into position - like leave a little bit with him - but then I saw on the inside they were leaving pretty hard. So I said 'well it's almost better for me because my horse has proven to everybody that he can race off the pace pretty good like that.'"   The Sportswriter colt took his third win in eight starts to bring his earnings above $170,000 for conditioner Richard Moreau and owner Yves Sarrazin. His other two victories came in the form of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events, one of which was on the Canadian Pacing Derby undercard on August 31.     YS Mathis     YS Mathis   The fourth Champlain division on the card saw Rose Run Vantage power by rivals in the lane to win the $95,298 second split for two-year-old pacing fillies.   With Sylvain Filion at the controls, Rose Run Vantage, owned by Wayne Mac Rae and Daniel Ross, got away fourth, as Betalady blasted off the gate and assumed control in taking the field through an opening quarter-mile in :27.3.   Mutuel favourite Lady Lou, with McCarthy in the bike, were on the move soon after, gliding up from third to grab top spot, leading her rivals through a half-mile in :55.4.   Filion took Rose Run Vantage first over and was gaining ground on the pacesetter through three-quarters timed in 1:23.4.   The duo struck front in early stretch and comfortably fended off a late rally from Peaky Sneaky, who grabbed runner-up honours. Betalady was third, with Alex Skye fourth. The winning margin was 1½-lengths.   Rose Run Vantage, a $17,000 purchase last year at Harrisburg, stopped the clock in a career-best mark of 1:51.3.   Rose Run Vantage   Rose Run Vantage   An early break by Temagami Seelster prompted Filion to call an audible, an option that would pay off handsomely for himself and the Anthony Beaton trainee.   "I was planning on the second over trip," offered the veteran reinsman Filion. "But when the horse made a break, that plan went out the window. We had to go to 'Plan B.'"   While it wasn't the preferred choice, the decision paid off with another win for the daughter of Big Jim. The Champlain is the bay's fourth win from six starts.   "I was anxious... first over, that's not the ideal trip for a two-year-old. But when I saw that horse in front (Lady Lou) was really tired, and mine still had lots of go, I knew I had a good shot."   Filion had high praise for the seasoned performance.   "She's a really, really nice filly. Ever since I sat behind her, I always really liked her. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks, too."   Sent off at 9-2, Rose Run Vantage paid $11.20 for the win.   Next up for the two-year-old pacers is next weekend's eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. Those eliminations are scheduled for next Saturday's (September 14) Canadian Trotting Classic card.   Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Chris Lomon & Nicholas Barnsdale for Woodbine Communications      

MILTON, ON--Tony Alagna's primary focus has been training younger horses, with his colt-turned-stallion Captaintreacherous providing him with Grand Circuit harness racing success. Now this weekend, Alagna is sitting pretty with the morning-line favourite in all four of Saturday's Champlain Stakes divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reflect With Me starts Alagna's night in Race 3, the $94,299 first division of Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Captaintreacherous filly lost in both of her starts stateside but has since been undefeated in stakes company at Mohawk Park. Yet, even in defeat in her early starts, Reflect With Me separated herself from the competition with back-to-back :25.1 final quarters in divisions of the Kindergarten. "She always showed that [speed]," Alagna said. "Training down, she would always be the filly that would be training late, coming late in the training sets in Florida. She just always had an incredible amount of finish, even from early on. I wish I could take credit for it, but that's definitely something she was born with because she just loves to chase horses down and its fun for her." Regular-reinsman Andrew McCarthy will steer the filly from post 4 for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owner Brad Grant. Alagna's next starter, another Captaintreacherous colt, competes from post 3 in the $90,938 first division of Champlain Stakes for pacing freshmen. Captain Kirk, who will be driven by Bob McClure for owner-breeder Brittany Farms LLC and co-owners Marvin Katz and Captain Kirk Racing, shipped north following a 22-1 upset victory in a division of Kindergarten on July 19 at the Meadowlands. "We always knew the colt had ability," Alagna said. "He was a little overshadowed by the other colts we had in that division because they had qualified a little better than him. But he was always a horse that, if he got the right kind of trip and shook loose, he had a huge turn of speed late. That's what happened that night, he got a great trip, and when he shook loose he was loaded with pace." Captain Kirk has finished third in all four of his starts at Mohawk Park. Three starts ago he finished behind OSS-star Tall Dark Stranger and in his last two starts he's given chase to his stablemates Capt Midnight and Captain Nemo. "I don't think it's so much that he's struggling. I think he's just run into two excellent colts in the other two colts of mine," Alagna said. "If you took those other two colts out of those divisions, those are the only two colts that have been able to beat him up there, so..." Capt Midnight competes in the other Champlain division, carded as Race 10 with a purse of $89,938. The Captaintreacherous colt lost in his first two starts, racing from off the pace in divisions of the Kindergarten at the Meadowlands. But the colt shifted tactics when shipping to Mohawk, winning all three of his starts either on or near the lead. "He won his first baby race in [1]:52 and change," Alagna said. "When he came back, he had some road trouble and got a little lost when he came first over in the one division of the Kindergarten, and in the other division of the Kindergarten he was too far back. Once he got to Canada it was his third start and he got his groove." McCarthy will also drive Capt Midnight, who starts from post 2, for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing. Alagna also sends another frosh filly, Lady Lou, from post 2 in the $95,298 second division of Champlain for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as Race 6. The daughter of Sweet Lou has one win on her record but has given chase to better fillies in recent starts, including stablemate Reflect With Me as well as OSS phenom Alicorn. "We had confidence in her when we sent her up there because you know I don't like to send them up if I don't think they can be a player in those stakes," Alagna said. "She's another one [who's] been overshadowed by Reflect With Me but this is a very nice filly in her own right. She's been stuck first over I think her last three starts. I think one of these days things are going to go her way and she's going to get her payday but like I said she's a very nice filly in her own right." Amid the freshmen in competition, Alagna will also send his sophomore pacing filly Tall Drink Hanover to the track in the $168,557 Simcoe Stakes, carded as Race 8. The Captaintreacherous filly, Alagna said, has had things "go her way--I don't think she was any worse than she is now; I don't think she's gotten any better. I think things have finally started to go her way as far as post-position draws and trips." She enters the Simcoe off four-consecutive victories in stakes, including wins in a division of the Adioo Volo and the $100,362 Shady Daisy final. Andrew McCarthy will sit in the sulky from post 4 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Saturday's stakes program at Mohawk Park is the second of four weekends of Grand Circuit racing at the Milton oval. The 12-race program kicks off with first-race post at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - August 30, 2019 - The Father Patrick colt Synergy got up the rail to win by the narrowest of margins in Friday's $182,876 Champlain Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of 10 rookies met up for the Grand Circuit contest. Per Engblom trainee Synergy went off as the slight favourite over Luc Blais' Port Perry and the two rookies would be connected throughout. Synergy and driver Yannick Gingras moved up to the top from second moving into the backstretch. Port Perry and driver Bob McClure followed and zipped up to lead the field by the half in :57.2. Horse Trader applied first-up pressure going to three-quarters, sitting a length away from Port Perry in 1:26.4. Port Perry put away the outside rival in the stretch, but drifted off the rail just enough that Synergy could shoot through in deep stretch. The rookies hit the line in a photo finish that saw Synergy reach up to win by a nose in 1:55.4. Horse Trader finished third, while Scamp and Nylander finished in a dead-heat for fourth. "I wasn't sure honestly, it was really tight," said Gingras of the photo finish. "I had the momentum going across, so I knew I had a chance, but it was too close to call. "When Bobby (McClure) came I was happy to let him go. My horse is really good, but he hadn't raced in a month and he's been on the front a few times, so I was definitely happy to follow somebody." Synergy was making his first start since finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial on August 3 at The Meadowlands. The Engblom trainee has now won three of four starts and earned $121,854 for owners Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson. He was a $275,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Synergy returned $5.20. Friday evening's program also saw a jaw-dropping performance from Youaremycandygirl in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The four-year-old mare was making her debut for trainer Richard Moreau and made an immediate statement. Driver Louis Philippe Roy angled Youaremycandygirl out from third approaching three-quarters and immediately surged up alongside Seaswift Joy N, who reached the third marker in 1:23.3. Youaremycandygirl was in full flight swinging into the lane and stormed away from her rivals with an incredible :25.3 final-quarter to win in 1:49.1. Owned by W Donovan, Youaremycandygirl picked up her second win in 10 starts this season. The career-earners of $1.5 million now has 20 career victories. She paid $19.20 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the $1.6 million Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Pacing Derby card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2019 - Rookie harness racing trotting fillies stepped into the Grand Circuit spotlight for the $195,597 Champlain Stakes on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 18 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of divisions. Father Patrick filly Panem broke her maiden with a 1:55.4 score in the first split. The Nancy Johansson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn circled to the top from second going to the half and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before trotting home in :29.1 to secure the victory by a length and a half. She Rocks Kemp finished second, while Heat Wave Hanover was third. Panem had been winless in five starts entering the Champlain, but did have a pair of runner-up finishes along with a third-place effort. "She's not the easiest to drive, but if you talk to her nicely and just let do her thing, she can punch out a good mile," said Dunn about Panem. "She was getting a little bit lost on the front...so I just gave her a chirp and got her going. She's still learning, but the ability is there and she's got a nice future." Panem Panem is a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing and has now earned $62,206. She paid $9.90 to win. Panem Spoiled Princess spoiled the undefeated record of Whose Blues with a 1:55.2 victory in the second division. Dunn steered the daughter of Trixton to the victory to give the New Zealand native a sweep of Thursday's stakes. Race-favourite Whose Blues moved to the lead in the second-quarter from second, but got company quickly in the form of She Must Be Magic, who took the lead at the half in :56.4. Whose Blues angled out nearing three-quarters, which was reached in 1:25.4. Spoiled Princess and Dunn sat patiently in fourth during the opening-half, before getting underway and sitting three-lengths from the top at three-quarters. In the stretch, Spoiled Princess tracked down Whose Blues and overtook the undefeated filly to win by a length and half. Sheer Energy finished third. Spoiled Princess improved her record to three wins in six starts with the Champlain score. She has now earned $89,649 for owner/breeders Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcing Ent LLC. "To have a homebred and win this is fantastic," said McNerney. "We went easy with this horse from the beginning and didn't want to race a lot, we want to take our time and it's paid off." Spoiled Princess paid $10.30 to win. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlines the 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 7, 2018 - Rookie pacers were in the spotlight Friday for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of $70,107 eight-horse divisions for colts and geldings were contested, while a pair of $95,738 nine-horse splits for pacing fillies also took place. The undefeated Captain Ahab sent another message to the rookie pacing colt division with an impressive 1:52.3 victory in Friday's second Champlain division. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy took their time at the beginning and settled in fifth, while Captain Crunch, who was undefeated entering the Champlain, was sent to the top and posted a :27.2 opener. Driver Scott Zeron was able to steal a :29.4 second-quarter with Captain Crunch, which forced McCarthy to get underway with Captain Ahab ahead of the half. The Captaintreacherous colts 'Crunch' and 'Ahab' would battle on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Captain Ahab powered by Captain Crunch and cruised home effortlessly in :27 for the victory. Better Up, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Captain Crunch was third. "They got out of there that first-quarter pretty good, so I was happy just to sit back and wait and I got to ride up there very slow first-over," said McCarthy following the victory. "That's what great about this horse, he'll sit out there and just grind on up there and does his thing. I chirped at him a little bit at the head of the stretch and away he goes." Trained by Tony Alagna, Captain Ahab was prepping Friday for next weekend's Metro Pace eliminations and is the headliner heading into this season's richest race for two-year-olds. "We brought the colts and fillies in here (to Mohawk Park) on Tuesday and trained them and he trained great," said Alagna. "I was really happy with how he trained Tuesday and he's been very sharp all week. The week off last week really helped him." Captain Ahab is from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous and Alagna noted there are many similarities between the two. "I see a lot of (Captaintreacherous) in him," said Alagna. "His characteristics, the way he is so easy on himself, the way he lets you drive him...his work ethic. He reminds me a lot of 'Captain' and hopefully he can keep reminding me of 'Captain'". Captain Ahab improved to six for six with his Champlain score and has now earned $117,616 for owners Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.90. Bronx Seelster was Friday's fastest winner, making a statement with a 1:51.2 score in the evening's first division for colts and geldings. A son of Big Jim, Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry angled out from fifth to start a first-over bid approaching the half. Blank Canvas shot to the lead and posted a :27 opening-quarter before slamming the brakes to lead by the half in :56.3. The tempo ramped up on the far turn, as Blank Canvas paced a :27.1 third-quarter with Bronx Seelster pressing at his side. In the stretch, Bronx Seelster immediately powered by Blank Canvas and pulled away impressively to win by five-lengths for the career-best 1:51.2 score. Blank Canvas held second, while Lyons Night Hawk was third. Trained by Wayne McGean, Bronx Seelster improved his record to six wins and $292,810 earned in nine starts for owners Capers 3 Stable. "Nobody wanted to move and he come first-up kind of early I thought tonight, but he's a tough little horse," said McGean, who showed some emotion when talking about the season he's enjoyed with Bronx Seelster. "It's unreal. It's hard to put into words. You look for this once in your lifetime and we have it now." Bronx Seelster's trophy case now consists of the Battle of Waterloo, Champlain Stakes and a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. The $22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase paid $2.70 to win. The final division for colts and geldings saw Cruise Captain upset the 1/9 favourite Stag Party in 1:52.2. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Cruise Captain left from post-six and dropped down to the pylons in third, holding onto his rail spot throughout. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party, who entered off a blowout win in the Nassagaweya, got away one spot back in fourth and sat there until the half. Do Ya Think cut out fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before taking on Stag Party, who came first-up on the far turn. Unlike the Nassagaweya, Stag Party didn't fire by the leader in the third-quarter and was at the leader's saddle pad when they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Stag Party overtook the lead from Do Ya Think, but couldn't create much separation. Meanwhile, Cruise Captain found his best stride, shooting up the rail to overtake the lead in deep stretch and score the victory. Stag Party finished second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Do Ya Think was third. Cruise Captain had to survive an inquiry for a possible first-turn pylon violation before getting his photo taken. The second son of Captaintreacherous to win a Champlain, Cruise Captain was winless in six starts entering Friday and picked the perfect moment to break his maiden for trainer Victor Puddy and owners Bill Manes, James Ruhl, Lloyd Stone and 10462217 Canada Inc. "We've raced this guy in Pennsylvania all summer and he's had many trips like he had tonight and he never got out," said co-owner Manes. "He's one of them Captaintreacherous' and they try. "He's had a good summer chasing them good colts and now we'll have to sit down and we've talked about entering him in the Metro and he deserves it now." Cruise Captain, who was a $25,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, increased his earnings to $68,414 with Friday's victory. He paid $15 to win. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip captured the first division for pacing fillies in a career-best 1:52.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Quebec Blue Chip hustled from post-seven to make the top and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Longshot Revival Cards and driver David Miller moved out of third in the second-quarter and cleared to the top just after a :56.3 opening-half. Key West, the 3/5 favourite, came first up from fourth on the far turn and was on even terms with Revival Cards at three-quarters in 1:24.2, while Quebec Blue Chip and Jamieson were locked in behind the leader hoping room would develop in the lane. In the stretch, Key West poked a head in front, but couldn't power away, which led to a scene of five fillies across the track all within a length at the eighth pole. Jamieson was able to get around a fading Revival Cards and dip back to the rail with Quebec Blue Chip. Undefiable and driver Trevor Henry rallied from fourth-over to shoot by their rivals on the extreme outside. Despite the fantastic effort, Undefiable couldn't best Quebec Blue Chip, who reached the line first for a half length score. Crisp Mane was third. "I got caught with my pants down in front of the class," said Jamieson of his less than ideal route to victory with Quebec Blue Chip. "I was looking for a cheap half and Dave (Miller) recognized that...and kind of caught me sleeping and I didn't want to let him go, but as it turned out it worked out for our filly." Trainer Dave Menary has been high on the Sportswriter filly since the winter months. "This is the pacer that I pegged all winter," said Menary. "She's such a handy filly and at Grand River she was doing it so easy, but here I didn't know how she would be able to translate the speed to the big track. "She's just so willing and so quick, so fast." Quebec Blue Chip improved her stats to six wins and $256,914 earned in eight starts with her fifth-consecutive score Friday. She was a $40,000 Harrisburg purchase as a yearling and is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Quebec Blue Chip returned $5.60. Deb and driver Trevor Henry saw patience pay off, as they pulled off a 17-1 upset in the second division for pacing fillies. Race-favourite Tall Drink Hanover made a move from fourth to first entering the backstretch and led by the half in :56.2. Prescient Beauty came first-up from fifth entering the far turn and engaged in a gritty third-quarter battle with Tall Drink Hanover, who held a lead of less than a length at three-quarters in 1:24.1. Deb and Henry got a three-hole trip through the middle-half and were able to slip off the rail to take a shot in the lane. Tall Drink Hanover dug in trying to fight off rivals, as Ideation Hanover, who sat in the two-hole, pressured along with Deb on the outside. Prescient Beauty drifted out in the lane and finished seventh. At the wire, Deb was able to muscle by for a 1:53.2 victory. Tall Drink Hanover didn't fold and finished second, beat half a length, while Ideation Hanover was third. "She's the type of the filly that's been roughed up first-up in her last three starts," said Henry post-race. "I had to keep her in and I had a good hold on her through the last turn and it just worked out we got out and she got up to win." A daughter of Sportswriter, Deb picked up her third win in eight starts with Friday's score. Her three victories have all come in three different levels of stakes events (OSS Gold, OSS Grassroots and Grand Circuit). A $24,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Deb has now earned $108,328 for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. She paid $36.60 to win. Next up for many of the Champlain competitors is the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations next Saturday (September 15). Bronx Seelster is the only winner from Friday not eligible to next weekend's stakes. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 13-race card is headlined by three divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the eliminations of the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2018 - Rookie pacers will take the spotlight for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 24 colts and geldings have been split into three $70,107 divisions, while 18 fillies have been separated into a pair of $95,738 divisions. Undefeated Captaintreacherous colts Captain Crunch (PP1, Scott Zeron) and #5 Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) will clash in the evening's eighth-race. Captain Ahab has been dominating at Mohawk Park with three consecutive victories, including the final of the Dream Maker and most recently a division of the Nassagaweya. The Tony Alagna trainee is five for five overall and has three sub-1:52 victories. "We're surprised that he came as good as he did as quick as he did because he's such a tall colt," said Alagna following Captain Ahab's Nassagaweya score. "He's just doing everything he is doing now on raw ability and it's funny to say, but I'm even more excited about what he can do next year at (age) three." Captain Crunch is three for three and entering off a Nassagaweya victory. The Nancy Johansson trainee posted back-to-back wins at Pocono Downs before making his stakes debut at Mohawk Park. "I find every very good horse you drive, everything is effortless and it's just so easy for them to do and he covers the ground so well I thought he had the potential to be this kind of caliber" said driver Scott Zeron of Captain Crunch. "He's very well-mannered, very good to drive and I think he can do good anyway." Both colts are from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous. 'Ahab' was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, while 'Crunch' was an $85,000 purchase at Harrisburg. A pair of Ontario sired standouts will headline the other two Champlain splits for the boys. Big Jim colt Bronx Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) has won five of eight starts and comes into Friday off an impressive :26 final-quarter to win on August 28 in 1:51.4. The Wayne McGean trainee captured the Battle of Waterloo in early-August and has two OSS Gold trophies. Bronx Seelster ($22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase) headlines the evening's first division (Race 2) and will be taking on Grand Circuit foes for the first-time. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP1, David Miller) has been racking up the victories and making statements along the way. The son of Bettors Delight most recently won a division of the Nassagaweya by 10 lengths, which came on the heels of a Canadian Record performance (1:52.3) at Grand River in an OSS Gold on August 15. Stag Party ($125,000 Harrisburg purchase) is four for five with his only loss being a disqualification from first to second for interference. He is expected to be the heavy-favourite in the evening's third division (Race 9). The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies features a matchup between Eternal Camnation division winners Key West (PP1, Brett Miller) and Quebec Blue Chip (PP7, Jody Jamieson). Alagna trainee Key West held off rivals in her Eternal Camnation score to improve her record to three-wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $130,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is making her fourth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. Quebec Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, will be searching for a fifth straight victory in Friday's contest. The Dave Menary trained daughter of Sportswriter has victories in the Battle of the Belles (elimination and final) and an OSS Gold to go with her Eternal Camnation score. The Alagna barn could be poised for a big Friday, as they will send out the top-two choices on the morning line for the second Champlain Filly division. Tall Drink Hanover (PP6, McCarthy) is three for five entering the Champlain with all three victories coming at Mohawk Park. The Alagna trained daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $35,000 Harrisburg purchase. Odds On St Lucie is a daughter of Sweet Lou, out of a full-sister to Captaintreacherous. The Alagna trainee started her career with back-to-back victories before finishing second to Quebec Blue Chip in the Eternal Camnation. She was a $110,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The Champlain divisions for pacing fillies have been carded as Races 3 and 4. Post time for Friday's stakes-filled program is 7:10 p.m. To view the full entries and a program for the card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

This Week: Jim Ewart Memorial and Jug Preview, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; Champlain Stakes, Simcoe Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Sept. 7) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a trio of divisions in the C$210,321 Champlain Stakes for freshman pacing males and a pair of races in the C$191,476 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The Saturday (Sept. 8) card is highlighted by two divisions in the C$166,684 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old pacing males, a single split in the C$150,996 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, two C$30,000 eliminations in the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old open trotters and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Peaceful Way for 2-year-old filly trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Tioga Downs will also be held on Friday (Sept. 7) with a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility for trotting mares. On Saturday (Sept. 8), Scioto Downs will host the $225,000 (est.) Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers and the $125,000 (est.) Jug Preview for 3-year-old colt pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: Stay Hungry moved one step nearer the Pacing Triple Crown with a win in Saturday's Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway while trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a record-setting night in trotting stakes action for 3-year-olds by capturing the Yonkers Trot with Six Pack and Hudson Filly Trot with Plunge Blue Chip. Plunge Blue Chip won the $129,014 Hudson in 1:53.1, the fastest trotting mile in Yonkers history and equaling Frau Blucher's world record for a 3-year-old female trotter on a half-mile track, set in 2013 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio. Six Pack won the $500,000 Yonkers Trot in 1:54, the fastest Yonkers Trot ever at Yonkers. Stay Hungry won the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers by a neck over favorite Jimmy Freight in 1:52.1. Stay Hungry won the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers by a neck over favorite Jimmy Freight in 1:52.1. Topville Olympian was third. The Messenger Stakes is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Stay Hungry won the first, the Cane Pace, on Aug. 4 at the Meadowlands and can complete the sweep of the Crown races with a win in the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 20 at the Delaware County Fair. Stay Hungry, driven by Doug McNair for trainer Tony Alagna, was among four horses racing for the early lead in the Messenger, with Winston, Babes Dig Me, and Jimmy Freight. Stay Hungry, who started from post six, got to the front as the field reached the opening quarter-mile in :27.1 and remained in front from there, but not without a fight. Jimmy Freight, who started from post eight, came after Stay Hungry as the horses made their way around the second turn and headed to the half-mile point. The two raced together to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23 and continued to battle down the stretch and to the wire. Stay Hungry has won four of 10 races this year and 10 of 19 in his career, good for $1.15 million in purses. The colt, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of My Little Dragon, is owned by Brad Grant and the Irwin Samelman Estate. In the Yonkers Trot, Six Pack took the lead from Lindsey's Pride prior to the quarter-mile point and was never threatened the rest of the way. He won by 7-3/4 lengths over Helpisontheway, with Lindsey's Pride finishing third. The Yonkers Trot is the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Atlanta won the first, the Hambletonian, but was not eligible to the Yonkers Trot. The third jewel is the Kentucky Futurity, Oct. 7 at Lexington's Red Mile. A son of Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, Six Pack has won six of nine races this year and 10 of 17 lifetime. He has earned $849,840 for owners Svanstedt, Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar FF, and Lars Berg. In the Hudson, Plunge Blue Chip led from start to finish, but had to hold off Supergirl Riley by a nose at the wire. Lucky Ava finished third. A daughter of Muscle Mass out of Dunk The Donato, Plunge Blue Chip has won four of nine races this year and 13 of 19 in her career. She has earned $732,316. Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Tomas Andersson, and Rick Zeron Stables own the filly. Another 1-5 favorite, Alexis Faith, won the $112,904 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers by a half-length over Solitary in 1:53.4. Jewels Forreal finished third. Alexis Faith is a daughter of American Ideal out of Cannae Cammie. She has won four of 11 races this season and 10 of 20 in her career, with purses totaling $455,198. Alexis Faith was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Casie Coleman. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 798.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 780.5; 3. David Miller - 509.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 370; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 687.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 609; 3. Tony Alagna - 383; 4. Jim Campbell - 256; 5. Erv Miller - 245. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 169; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 153; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 148; 4. Brittany Farms - 132.4; 5. Robert Key - 120. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Tioga Downs. Woodbine Mohawk will host finals in the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial, as well as eliminations in the Milton, Metro Pace, and She's A Great Lady. Tioga Downs will card the third leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman trotters and pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for Grand Circuit

MILTON, ON -  August 31, 2018 - Grand Circuit week continued Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with four events for trotters. A trio of Champlain divisions for two-year-old colts and geldings and a single Simcoe division for three-year-old fillies were contested. Muscle Hill colt Kings County kicked off the evening's stakes action with a stunning 1:54.4 victory in the $69,107 first Champlain division. Driven by Scott Zeron, Kings County got away fourth and began his move towards the lead just before the half. The Domenico Cecere trainee powered to the top on the far turn and led the field by three-quarters in 1:26.4. In the stretch, Kings County was able to hold off Southwind Avenger, who got a two-hole trip, to win by half a length. Trix And Stones was third, while Knight Angel was fourth. Kings County is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and was a $210,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg. The Muscle Hill has now won three in a row and overall is three for five with $55,753 earned. A $2 win ticket on Kings County returned $5. Father Patrick colt Hudson River took advantage of soft opening fractions to win the $70,107 second Champlain division in 1:55.3. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hudson River made the front in the second-quarter and led the field by the half in :59. The Jimmy Takter trainee then got a :29.1 third-quarter, which set him up perfectly to sprint home in :27.2 for the victory. Dream Nation finished a length and three-quarters behind in second, while Union Forces was third. Hudson River is co-owned by Christina Takter along with breeder Goran Falk. The Father Patrick colt collected his second win in four starts Friday and pushed his earnings to $80,114. The Takter trainee was making his first start since August 4 Friday evening. "This race today is a set up for next week (Wellwood eliminations)," said Per Engblom, Assistant Trainer of Hudson River. "We knew he needed a race, but he's been training good and is a really nice horse and we were really confident he was going to race good anyways." A $2 win ticket on Hudson River paid $3.80. Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner CT Conabra completed the Champlain action with a coast to coast victory in the $70,107 third division. Driven by Jody Jamieson, CT Conabra shot out to the lead and avoided a second-quarter confrontation when race-favourite Royal Rob made a backstretch miscue. CT Conabra posted fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27 before trotting home in :28.4 to win in 1:55.4 for trainer Stephanie Jamieson. Jumpshot finished second, beat a length and three-quarters, while Okeanos was third. A son of Kadabra, CT Conabra picked up his second win for owners Carl and Jody Jamieson. The $18,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has now earned $76,717 in four starts. "This colt from the first day dad (Carl) threw the harness on him he's been telling me how great he was," said Jody Jamieson following the victory. "That's why my dad is in the Hall of Fame. He develops these horses and finds them. He's a perfect example this horse. "He found him at the sale and $18,000 for a horse that just won a Champlain Stake and you can't do that all the time." CT Conabra paid $26.20 to win. The lone Simcoe Stakes division for three-year-old trotting fillies saw Repentance and driver Scott Zeron defeat seven rivals in the $153,996 contest. The Linda Toscano trainee got away fifth going into the first turn and was angled to the outside nearing the half. Repentance quickly trotted by a stopping leader to grab the top-spot on the far turn and led the field at three-quarters in 1:25.4. In the stretch, Repentance sealed the victory by holding off Blonde Magic by a length in 1:55.1. Sneeker Hanover was third, while Ex Hanover was fourth. Notably absent from Friday's Simcoe Stakes were superstars Atlanta and Manchego. Toscano took a chance the top-fillies would skip Friday's event and entered Repentance. "We thought about whether to bring her up or not and I wondered if Atlanta or Manchego were going to come this week and thought maybe there might be a spot for her up here," said Toscano. "She got a good trip and Scott (Zeron) gets along with her and it worked out." A daughter of Chapter Seven, Repentance collected her fourth win in nine outings this season and fifth overall. Her career earnings now sit at $206,280 for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing. A $2 win ticket on Repentance returned $3.90. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot co-main events. Post time is 7:10 p.m. By Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 30, 2018 - Grand Circuit week kicked off Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with three divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. A total of 28 rookie trotting fillies competed Thursday in three divisions totaling $202,476. Jimmy Takter trainee Susy took advantage of calling the shots on the front to win the first division in 1:55.4. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Susy trotted out from post-five to claim the lead without an issue and posted a :29 opener. Gingras didn't face any pressure in the second-quarter and got away with a :30.3 panel to put the race to bed. Susy opened nearly six-lengths on her rivals to reach three-quarters in 1:28 and finished the mile strong in :27.4 to win by 5 ¾ lengths. Sisters Promise also trotted a :27.4 final-quarter to finish in the Place spot after moving from fifth to second on the far turn. Champagne Jane was third. "She's very nice and did everything right," said Gingras after driving Susy for the first-time. "I was able to have a real cheap half and at the point we just took off and it was catch me if you can." A daughter of Father Patrick, Susy is the eighth-foal from Solveig. She is now two for five and has earned $44,163 for owners Christina Takter and Solveigs Racing Partners. Susy paid $4.40 to win. Ted MacDonnell trainee Teddys Littleangel converted off a second-over trip to win the second division in 1:57.1. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Teddys Littleangel got away sixth and was able to angle out in the second-quarter to follow the race-favourite Fraulein Blucher. Sette Deo rushed fourth to first on the backstretch to lead the field at the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.1. Teddys Littleangel was tipped three-wide turning for home and surged by rivals to trot home in :28.2 and win by 3 ½ lengths. Princess Deo followed the winner to grab second, while Cambridge Kate, who led at the opening-quarter, was third. "She's come a long way in a short time," said MacDonell. "It looked like there was few leaving and I saw Chris' horse duck in, so I thought maybe I'll just get in behind him. "I had to wrestle her a little bit and once I got her settled in behind his helmet she was pretty good. She swelled up nice on the last turn and had lots coming home." A daughter of Archangel, Teddys Littleangel is now three for five and all three victories have come in different levels of stakes action (OSS Grassroots, OSS Gold and Grand Circuit). She has now earned $81,755 for owner/breeder Leonard Gamble. Teddys Littleangel paid $14.70 to win. Dustin Jones trainee Tommi Canu Hearme capitalized on miscues from the favourites to win the third division in 1:58.1. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Tommi Canu Hearme got away fifth in the field of 10. Race-favourite The Ice Dutchess and second-choice Speed Titan made breaks before the first turn to change the landscape of the race. Angies Luckeylady called the shots on the front, posting fractions of :28.2, :59.4 and 1:29.2. Tommi Canu Hearme was moved to the outside on the far turn, as Angies Luckeylady was confronted by Avalonia. In the stretch, Tommi Canu Hearme shot by her rivals to snag the lead entering the final-eighth and trotted on to win by three-quarters of a length. Evident Beauty rallied from seventh to finish second, while Grimmie Hanover was third. Tommi Canu Hearme was making her first start with trotting hopples after making a break in an OSS Gold on August 10. "I was a little bullheaded, I should've put them on a few weeks ago and finally we broke down after that last break and put them on," said Jones, who expects Thursday's victory to have a good impact on his filly going forward. "She wears an open bridle, so she can see everything going on around her. She knows she won." A daughter of Royalty For Life, Tommi Canu Hearme broke her maiden with Thursday's Grand Circuit victory. She is now one for four and has earned $40,952 for owners Dustin Jones Stables Inc, Hebert Horses Inc and Sjoblom Racing Stable. Tommi Canu Hearme returned $81.50 to win. Grand Circuit action continues Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with three divisions of the Champlain for two-year-old trotters and a division of the Simcoe for three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Campbellville, September 2 - Stay Hungry, with Doug McNair at the controls for harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a romping score in Saturday's first $97,880 Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacers, at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt, a $150,000 Lexington Select purchase for owner Brad Grant, was an impressive winner on debut last week and passed a serious class test on Saturday with a first-up score in 1:52.1. Evening Play made the early pace through splits of :13.1 and :27.3 with Trump That, Odds On Lauderdale and Stay Hungry chasing. Odds On Lauderdale (Scott Zeron) swept to the front to mark the half in :56.3 as Stay Hungry waited patiently for McNair to push the button on the first-up trip. Stay Hungry, once asked, paced menacingly to the wire with Im A Big Deal and Phil The Thrill followed his cover, while Odds On Lauderdale faded after setting the pace. McNair and Stay Hungry gobbled up ground with ease down the lane and were never threatened for an impressive first stakes score. Trump That edged Torrin Hanover for place. Stay Hungry, the third foal of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon, has lived up to all expectations thus far including winning both qualifying efforts. "They've been high on this horse all winter long," said McNair. "I trained him a few times before I qualified him and he showed tonight that he's a pretty serious horse." Could a shot at the Metro Pace be next for Stay Hungry? "I hope so. He beat some pretty nice colts tonight so he'll move forward," said McNair. Stay Hungry paid $3.80 to win. Stay Hungry Dragon Time was full of pace down the lane drawing clear to a comfortable score in the second division of the $96,880 Champlain. The Menary stable student followed Hudson Phil through comfortable splits of :13.4 and :28.2 from a patient steer by Yannick Gingras. Simple Kinda Man (Trevor Henry) made a first-up move with Courtly Choice and Babes Dig Me following his cover, but a determined Dragon Time was game down the lane finding his best pace late to easily overtake Hudson Phil for the win. The victory, which came just two races after Menary won the Canadian Pacing Derby with Sintra, didn't come as a surprise to Menary. "I knew from the get go he was going to improve. He's a Bettors Delight out of a Dragon Again mare. He has a lot of pedigree but sometimes that breed takes a little longer to come," said Menary. Dragon Time finished fourth last time out in the Nassagaweya after holding the lead briefly at the top of the lane. "Last week, first up was not his ideal trip and he raced really tough," said Menary. "This week he had some cover and he dug all the way to the wire. Yannick gave him a really good trip." Dragon Time, who stopped the clock in 1:52, paid $9.40 to win. Dragon Time Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications

Campbelville, September 2 - Kendal Seelster, the distant 9-1 second choice, used a perfect pocket trip to upset the previously undefeated Percy Bluechip in Saturday night's $169,831 Champlain Stakes for harness racing rookie filly pacers, at Mohawk. Trained by Paul Reid and piloted by Randy Waples, Kendall Seelster arrived at the Champlain from a runner-up effort to Percy Bluechip in the Eternal Camnation but the filly turned the tables on her heavily-backed rival (1-5). Kendall Seelster showed speed off the gate but it was Percy Bluechip (Trevor Henry) who would demand the lead through an opening-quarter of :26.2 with Waples content to sit the trip with Pueblo Blue Chip and Kissin In The Sand following their early foot. Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster separated from the field down the back straight marking the half in :55.3 as Big Thong made a first-over attempt but flattened as the field straightened for home. Percy Bluechip maintained a precarious lead at the top of the lane but there was no denying Kendall Seelster who angled out and powered to a four-length score in a Champlain record time of 1:51.1. Percy Bluechip finished second, while Pueblo Blue Chip was third. Waples was pleased with the determined effort from his filly to finally take down Percy Bluechip in her fifth attempt. "I seem to draw her every week (Percy Bluechip) and I always seem to get away close to her or on her back," said Waples. "I can never beat her and sometimes I don't get out to get the chance. The first couple times I raced against her, even if I got out there was no beating her." Waples believes the previously frustrated trips may have been to their advantage on this night. "My filly is really fresh right now because she hasn't been getting out," said Waples. "Tonight things worked out and she got out and raced really well. Take nothing away from that other mare, she's about as good a two-year-old filly as I've seen in a long time." The bay daughter of Shadow Play-Kiddie Cocktail is now a two-time winner for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. from seven starts and Waples is looking forward to a bright future. "It will be interesting to see how much better she can get," said Waples. "She doesn't necessarily have to leave out of there, she does have great gate speed, but she races quite well the other way too. It will be interesting to see when she gets the right kind of trip just who she can beat." Bred in Ontario by Seelster Farms Inc., Kendall Seelster was purchased for $47,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale. She paid $21.80 to win. Kendall Seelster Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Grand Circuit week continued Friday at Mohawk Racetrack with the Simcoe Stakes for harness racing sophomore trotting fillies and the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotters. The Simcoe Stakes featured a field of 11 competing for $166,872, while two $93,880 divisions were required for the Champlain. Ariana G added another trophy to her impressive collection with a 1:53.1 victory in the Simcoe Stakes. The ultra-talented daughter of Muscle Hill started from the second-tier in Friday's contest. Driver Yannick Gingras elected to follow a mid-pack starter at the start and was able to drop the heavy-favourite in third at the opening-quarter. Ariana G wouldn't sit for long and was moved to the lead approaching the half. The Jimmy Takter trained filly touched down on the lead just after trotting by the half in :56.1. Ariana G posted a :29 third-quarter setting her up well for the stretch. Southwind Tesla came first up and confronted the favourite turning for home, but Gingras sat motionless and allowed Ariana G to turn aside all challengers with ease to win by 2¾ lengths. "She felt really good," said Gingras following the race. "Down the stretch I was just taking it easy on her, the plugs were still in, just measuring them off and trying to save some for the future." Feed Your Head, who is also trained by Takter, was able to edge out Southwind Tesla for second. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G improved to four for four at Mohawk with her Simcoe Stakes victory. The Hambletonian Oaks winner is now seven for nine this season with over $600,000 earned. Ariana G, who will likely race next in the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations on September 9, is now a 16-time winner with over $1.4 million earned. She paid $2.90 to win. Ariana G Sire Muscle Hill swept Friday's Champlain Stakes, as his sons You Know You Do and Night Rhythm were victorious. You Know You Do went to the lead and never looked back to win the opening division in 1:55.1. The Takter trainee found the front at the opening-quarter with driver Yannick Gingras and proceeded to post fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:27. Alarm Detector, who came in undefeated, got away last in the field of seven and never got close to making things interesting with You Know You Do. The Takter student trotted home in :28.1 to win by 6¾ lengths over Alarm Detector, who also trotted home in :28.1. Embolden was third, while Winning American was fourth. Owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Katz and Libfeld, You Know You Do is now four for six in his rookie season. The Peter Haughton champion, who was a $350,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, has banked $253,872. "He was exceptional tonight," said co-owner Katz. "This is a really top-end colt and we are thrilled and proud of him." You Know You Do paid $3.60 to win. You Know You Do The second division saw Frank Antonacci trainees finish one-two in a three-horse win photo. Cruising In Style and driver Anthony MacDonald went to the front and tried to trot away from their rivals. The son of Muscle Mass posted fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.3 to lead by three-lengths turning for home. Antonacci trainees Night Rhythm and Kinda Lucky Lindy sat third and fourth at the head of the lane and both unleashed strong stretch rallies to chase down the leader. Night Rhythm came up the inside with driver Scott Zeron, while Kinda Lucky Lindy and driver Rick Zeron were charging on the outside. At the wire, Night Rhythm prevailed by a head over Kinda Lucky Lindy and half a length over Cruising In Style for a 1:57.2 maiden-breaking score. Owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph, Night Rhythm came into the Champlain after competing in a pair of Stallion Series events in Pennsylvania. "I think they chose to race him in The Stallion Series just to keep him brave," said Scott Zeron post-race. "They did the right thing, it worked out today. I had to nurse him a bit in the last turn, but we turned into a sprint down the lane." Night Rhythm is now one for three to start his career with $53,540 earned. The Muscle Hill colt was a $160,000 purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Katz and Libfeld, who captured the other two Grand Circuit events Friday, bred Night Rhythm to add to their big night. Night Rhythm paid $6.30 to win. Night Rhythm The William Wellwood Memorial eliminations (Monday, September 11) are next on the calendar for the two-year-old trotters. You Know You Do and Night Rhythm are both eligible. Grand Circuit week continues Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack with the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby headlining a stakes-packed card. The 'Pacing Derby' undercard features the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:30 p.m. For results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Mohawk Racetrack. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - The Rick Zeron stable stepped into the harness racing spotlight by sweeping Thursday evening's Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 17 rookie trotting fillies competed over the course of two $86,940 Champlain divisions to start Grand Circuit week. Rick Zeron sent out three starters in Thursday's stakes and came away with victories in both events. Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover extended her current win streak to three with a 1:56.4 score in the first division for trainer/driver Zeron. Sent off as the 3/2 favourite, Courtney Hanover got away third heading into the first turn, but quickly inherited second due to a break and was moved to the lead at three-eighths. After taking over the lead from Miss Mimi, the Zeron trained filly led through middle-half panels of :58 and 1:28.1. Poised to seal the deal in the lane, Courtney Hanover opened up a lead of at least three lengths with an eighth of a mile to go. Blonde Magic, who was 28-1, made things interesting by uncorking a strong stretch rally, but came up a head short at the line. Bella Glos finished third, while Miss Mimi was fourth. A $47,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Courtney Hanover is now three for six with $71,570 earned for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. "This was the first time I moved her and raced her on the front," said Zeron. "She loves chasing horses...she's more of a fighter than a leader, so I was very happy that she trotted right home for me tonight." A $2 win ticket on Courtney Hanover returned $4.90. Courtney Hanover The Zeron barn went right back to the winner's circle in the second split, as Atlanta pulled off a 9-1 upset in 1:56.1 A Chapter Seven filly, Atlanta turned in a big final-quarter to nail race-favourite Jordan Blue Chip at the line for a career-best victory. The Zeron trained filly was trotting along fifth at the half, while Jordan Blue Chip had just secured the lead and proceeded to post fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.2. In the stretch, Jordan Blue Chip turned aside challenger Apprentice M and looked to have victory in her sights, but Zeron tipped Atlanta off cover from third-over and the filly took off. Atlanta got up to win by a nose with a :27.4 final-quarter. "When I moved her coming down the lane, I knew I needed a lot to come and catch Paul (MacDonell - Jordan Blue Chip)," said Zeron. "Paul heard me coming and I was barking at my filly pretty good and we went across the wire and Paul said 'You didn't beat me again' and I said 'I don't know if I did or not, but I'm pretty happy'. "She raced really good. She dug right in where she had to and got the job done." Atlanta was one for four coming into Thursday's contest. Zeron had initially tried the Chapter Seven filly in the New York Sires Stakes, but the small tracks weren't to her liking. "She would get to the first turn and look at it and say 'I'm not going to do this', so she let me know 'I want to be on a big track', so here we are and she's doing her own thing." A $60,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Atlanta is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. The rookie trotting filly now has $55,025 earned in five starts. Atlanta The top four-finishers in the second Champlain division were rounded out by Swing It Cathy in third and Ciao Dolce in fourth. A $2 win ticket on Atlanta returned $20.90. Courtney Hanover and Atlanta are both eligible to the upcoming Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations on Monday, September 11. Grand Circuit action continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the $187,760 Champlain for two-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $166,872 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Rookie trotting fillies will be in the harness racing spotlight Thursday evening (August 31) to kick off Grand Circuit week at Mohawk Racetrack. The $173,880 Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies has attracted 18 entrants, who have been split into two nine-horse divisions. Thursday's Grand Circuit event begins a stretch of cards featuring the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. Both events date back to the early 1960's and have long attracted the finest horses, trainers and drivers to the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. Fresh off an exciting victory in the Pure Ivory Series on August 21, Courtney Hanover (PP3) will look to carry that momentum over to Thursday's first Champlain Stakes division for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The daughter of Cantab Hall has taken a liking to her home-track with back to back victories at Mohawk after a pair of hiccups in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action back in July. Courtney Hanover, who was a $47,000 yearling buy at Harrisburg, is two for five with $28,100 earned for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. She established her current mark of 1:56.2 in winning the Pure Ivory by a nose. The opening division also features Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner Smoke And Mirrors (PP6, Trevor Henry). The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trained filly is two for four with $74,752 earned coming into the Champlain. An $85,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Smoke And Mirrors is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. Another OSS standout leads the way in the second division, as Jonas Czernyson trainee Apprentice M (PP2, Doug McNair) is coming in hot to Thursday's Grand Circuit event. The daughter of Kadabra won an OSS Gold on August 18 at Mohawk to give her a win and two runner-up finishes in three career starts. Apprentice M, who is a half-sister to millionaire trotting mare Charmed Life, has quickly banked $74,850 for owner Menhammer Stuteri Ab. The Kadabra filly was an $85,000 buy at last October's Lexington Select Sale. A pair of fillies with famous mommas will also compete in the second Champlain division. Ciao Dolce (PP5, Chris Christoforou) is the ninth foal out of Pizza Dolce, while Swing It Cathy (PP8, Yannick Gingras) is the seventh foal out of Solveig. Pizza Dolce (1:52.4 - $668,224) and Solveig (1:54.4 - $930,132) each had strong careers on the racetrack, but both have arguably made an even bigger impact as broodmares. Pizza Dolce's foals have included Miss Paris (12 for 30, $869,932) and Bella Dolce (15 for 29, $753,133). Solveig's foals are led by the great Shake It Cerry (29 for 62, $2.8 million) and Uncle Lasse (9 for 29, $971,071) Ciao Dolce, a daughter of Credit Winner, was a $300,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Per Henriksen trainee is making her second lifetime start on Thursday after finishing third in her debut on August 22. She is owned by Kjell Magne Anderson of Switzerland. Swing It Cathy, a homebred full-sister to Solveig's most famous foals, will be looking to break her maiden for Christina Takter and Solveigs Racing Partners. The Jimmy Takter trainee has hit the board in three of four starts and does have a mark of 1:57.2, taken in a qualifier on July 8. The Champlain Stakes are carded as Races 3 and 6 on Thursday's 10-race program. Champlain action will continue on Friday evening with two-year-old trotting colts and geldings taking their turn. Saturday's Canadian Pacing Derby card will also feature the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers. Post time Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Here are the fields for Thursday's Champlain Stakes. Race 3 - Division 1 1. Northern Lightning by Kadabra (Paul MacDonell/Scott McEneny) 2. Illusioneesta by Kadabra (Chris Christoforou/Per Henriksen) 3. Courtney Hanover by Cantab Hall (Rick Zeron/Rick Zeron) 4. Yokomotion by Justice Hall (Steve Byron/John Bax) 5. Blonde Magic by Muscle Massive (Tom Durand/Tom Durand) 6. Smoke And Mirrors by Kadabra (Trevor Henry/Nifty Norman) 7. Wish I Was There by Wishing Stone (Steve Condren/Clark Beelby) 8. Miss Mimi by Kadabra (Paul MacDonell/John Bax) 9. Bella Glos by Cantab Hall (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter)   Race 6 - Division 2 1. Jordan Blue Chip by Chapter Seven (Paul MacDonell/Mike Keeling) 2. Apprentice M by Kadabra (Doug McNair/Jonas Czernyson) 3. One Fine Lady by Muscle Massive (Doug McNair/Aaron Lambert) 4. Atlanta by Chapter Seven (Rick Zeron/Rick Zeron) 5. Ciao Dolce by Credit Winner (Chris Christoforou/Per Henriksen) 6. Alloveragain by Credit Winner (Randy Waples/John Bax) 7. Asa Ready To Glide by Yankee Glide (Chris Christoforou/Ann Karin Larsen) 8. Swing It Cathy by Donato Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 9. Shamrock Shaker by Holiday Road (Scott Zeron/Rick Zeron)   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - The Champlain and Simcoe Stakes concluded for another harness racing season Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 5 Grand Circuit divisions were contested with the feature event being the $204,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. The Champlain Open and Champlain Filly categories each featured two divisions. Betting Line, the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup champion, overcame post ten to win his 11th consecutive race in Saturday's $204,040 Simcoe Stakes. The Casie Coleman trained colt got away fifth with driver David Miller, while Lyons Snyder powered to the front in :27. The leader continued to motor along in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54. As Lyons Snyder set big fractions, the field was strung out and Betting Line was 11 lengths from the front at the half. Lyons Snyder took the field by three-quarters in 1:20.4 and had an eight length advantage on Betting Line, who was getting into gear and fourth. In the stretch, Betting Line was able to reel in Lyons Snyder and get by in deep stretch for a half-length victory in 1:49.1. Voracity finished third, while Easy Lover Hanover was fourth. Betting Line's Simcoe victory extends his current win streak to 11. The Coleman trainee's only loss came in his 2016 season debut. The son of Bettor's Delight has earned over $1.2 million this season for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Betting Line is now a 17-time winner with career earnings exceeding $1.8 million. His next start will be in the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 22. Betting Line Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight returned to the winner's circle in a $105,474 Champlain division. Driver Sylvain Filion switched up his approach and put Beyond Delight on the front end. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee cut out fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:24.4 to lead the field into the lane. Beyond Delight, who felt first up pressure from Filibuster Hanover on the far turn, turned away all rivals and pulled away late for a two length victory in 1:52.1. Blood Line finished second, while Windsong Napoleon was fillied with pace and finished third. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight now has three consecutive victories after starting his career winless in seven. The O'Sullivan trainee, who was a $50,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, has broken through in recent weeks with his Metro Pace victory and now has over $420,000 earned for owners Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. Beyond Delight paid $3.50 to win. Beyond Delight Coming off a third-place finish in the Metro Pace, Ideal Wheel turned heads with an unorthodox victory in the other $105,474 Champlain division. The Casie Coleman trained colt was pushed to the front by driver David Miller to cut an opening-quarter of :27.3. Ideal Wheel then really took off and paced a :26.3 second-quarter to lead by more than 11 lengths at the half in :54.1. The son of American Ideal just continued to go full throttle around the final turn and reached the three-quarter pole in a jaw-dropping 1:20.3, with more 13 lengths back to his nearest rival. As expected, Ideal Wheel began to fade in the stretch, but his lead was too much for any rival to overcome. The Coleman trainee paced a :31.1 final-quarter, but won by 2¼ lengths in a career-best 1:51.4. Very Special Agent finished second, while Odds On Delray, the Metro Pace Consolation winner, was third. Ideal Wheel is owned by Mac Nichol and was a $150,000 yearling purchase at last year's Harrisburg Sale. The Coleman trainee now has three wins from six starts and over $155,000 earned to begin his career. Ideal Wheel paid $2.90 to win. Ideal Wheel Everyones Watching broke her maiden with a 1:52.4 victory in the $104,566 Champlain Filly first division. The Tony Alagna trained filly got a patient drive from Jody Jamieson, as she sat fourth throughout the opening stages. Everyones Watching was edged to the outside nearing the three-quarter pole to catch cover into the lane. The daughter of Artiscape unleashed a :26.4 final-quarter to get up for the win. Windy Sport, who provided the cover for the winner, finished a neck back in second, while Happy Hannah, who cut the mile, was third. A $100,000 yearling purchase at last year's Harrisburg Sale, Everyones Watching was coming into the Champlain off a fourth place effort in the Shes A Great Lady. The rookie pacing filly was winless in five starts before Saturday, but had never finished out of the money. Everyones Watching pushed her earnings over the $100,000 mark with her Champlain score. She is owned by Riverview Raicng LLC, Deo Volente Farms LLC, Crawford Farms Racing and Steve Wienick. The Alagna trainee paid $9.80 to win. Everyones Watching Blameitonthenight captured the $106,066 second division to make it an Alagna sweep of the Champlain Filly Stakes. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Blameitonthenight came first up in the middle-half to take a narrow lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Blameitonthenight had to fight off stablemate Awash to win by half a length in 1:53.2. Stonebridge Sundae finished third, while Southwind Ion was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Blameitonthenight now has three wins in seven starts to bring her earnings total to over $110,000. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Crawford Farms Racing and Donna Ozment. Blameitonthenight paid $17.90 to win. Blameitonthenight Grand Circuit week is officially over at Mohawk, but harness racing's finest will return next Saturday (September 17) for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 6 - The sport's finest trotters will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (September 10) for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, as part of a stellar Grand Circuit card of harness racing. An outstanding group of 12 older trotters were entered for the eliminations of the 65th Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 three-year-old trotters. Each event will feature two $40,000 eliminations with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals on Saturday, September 17. Many eyes will be on the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination, as supplemental entry Hannelore Hanover and Swedish star Nahar will line up. The connections of Hannelore Hanover put up $45,000 to supplement their trotting mare to the event and she will start from post five in her elimination with regular driver Yannick Gingras. The Ron Burke trainee has tasted defeat just once in 14 starts this season and has earned $699,134. European invader Nahar will start to the right of Hannelore Hanover in post six. The Robert Bergh trained 11-year-old will have Ake Svanstedt in the sulky. Nahar, who won the 2013 Elitlopp, is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Caucks and is 39-time winner with career earnings of over $1.8 million. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot elimination will be Nahar's first start in North America. The first elimination features local stars Flanagan Memory and Musical Rhythm along with last year's Maple Leaf Trot runner up Resolve. Trained by Rene Dion, Flanagan Memory has torn up the Mohawk Preferred this season with all four of his 2016 victories coming in the circuit's top trot. The six-year-old and winner of over $1.1 million is coming off back to back third-place finishes in the Cashman Memorial and Crawford Farms Trot. He will be driven by Chris Christoforou. Musical Rhythm was the talk of the circuit during his dominating winter and spring run. The Ben Baillargeon trainee has won 12 of 18 starts this season, including the $250,000 Graduate Series Final for four-year-olds. The son of Cantab Hall will be looking for his first major victory against older rivals and starts from post six with driver Mario Baillargeon. Svanstedt trainee Resolve starts from post five in the first elimination. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill was last year's O'Brien Award winner for Top Older Trotter and is having another strong season. Resolve traveled to Sweden and finished second in the Elitlopp earlier this year. Since returning from his adventure, he has made four starts and captured the Cutler Memorial and Cashman Memorial. The Svanstedt trainee will start from post five Saturday with his trainer in the bike. The top five finishers from each Maple Leaf Trot elimination advance to the $632,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 6 and 9. The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations will see the return of Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder to home soil. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee will start from post six with driver Scott Zeron in the seven-horse first elimination. Marion Marauder, who's last start at Mohawk was a victory in the Goodtimes final, is coming into the Trotting Classic off a victory in last Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot. The son of Muscle Hill has won eight of 10 starts this season and earned over $1.1 million to bring his career total to $1.5 million. Marion Marauder became the first Canadian trained horse to win the $1 million Hambletonian since Glidemaster in 2006. Powerhouse Southwind Frank headlines the six-horse second elimination. The Ron Burke trainee finished second in the Hambletonian to Marion Marauder, but turned the tables in the Colonial on August 20th, as he defeated his rival in the $500,000 event. Southwind Frank has won six of nine starts this season after winning 11 of 12 as a rookie. The son of Muscle Hill has earned over $1.8 million in his career and is undefeated in five starts on the WEG Circuit. Last season, 'Frank' won the Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown. He will start from post three Saturday with driver Yannick Gingras. The top five finishers from each Canadian Trotting Classic elimination advance to the $687,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2 and 3. While trotters will be front and centre on Saturday, the Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line will also share the spotlight. The Casie Coleman trained sophomore pacing colt headlines a field of 10 for the $204,040 Simcoe Stakes. Betting Line is currently on a 10 race win streak, but will have to overcome post 10 in order to keep his streak alive. David Miller will drive the winner of over $1.7 million, who also has victories this season in the Battle of Brandywine and Carl Milstein Memorial. The Simcoe field also includes notables Lyons Snyder (PP1, Gingras), Magnum J (PP5, Doug McNair) and American Passport (PP8, Zeron). It is carded as Race 10. The newest star of harness racing, Beyond Delight, will compete in the Champlain Stakes a week after capturing the $661,000 Metro Pace. The Tony O'Sullivan trained two-year-old pacing colt will start from post four in the second of two $105,474 Champlain Stakes divisions. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight was winless in seven starts before winning his elimination and then the final of the Metro. Sylvain Filion will be back in the sulky behind the rookie. The second division also features Metro Pace finalists Classic Pro (PP1, Randy Waples), Windsong Napoleon (PP2, Jody Jamieson), Blood Line (PP5, Gingras) and Bettors Dream (PP9, Tim Tetrick). Metro Pace finalists Ideal Wheel (PP6, David Miller) and Bobcat Bound (PP7, Jamieson) along with Metro Consolation winner Odds On Delray (PP1, Gingras) are three of the nine rookies competing in the first Champlain division. The Champlain divisions are carded as Races 4 and 8. Rookie pacing fillies will also compete in their Champlain Stakes on Saturday. Six of the 13 fillies entered competed in the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady final last Saturday. The Champlain Filly divisions are carded as Races 1 and 11. Post time for Saturday's sensational 13-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the full fields for the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations and Simcoe Stakes.   Race 6: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 2. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Whiskey Tax - Revenue S - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 4. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion 5. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 6. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Race 9: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 2. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 3. Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 4. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 5. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nahar - Love You - Ake Svanstedt - Robert Bergh   Race 2: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Blenheim - Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris 3. WinterHarbor - Muscle Hill -  Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 4. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 5. Merchandiser - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Greg Peck 6. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 7. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh   Race 3: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 2. Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax 3. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 4. Bee In Charge - Manofmanymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 5. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 6. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter   Race 10: Simcoe Stakes - Purse: $204,040 1. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 2. Major Hill - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary 3. Cruise Patrol - Yankee Cruiser - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 4. Nocturnal Bluechip - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Mark Steacy 5. Magnum J - Big Jim - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 6. Easy Lover Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Ben Wallace 7. Voracity - Sportswriter - David Miller - Tony Alagna 8. American Passport - American Ideal - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 9. Tom Hill - American Ideal - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman   Mark McKelvie

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