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TORONTO, February 19 - World champion He's Watching is well underway in preparation for his sophomore campaign for trainer and co-owner David Menary., The undefeated son of American Ideal set six track records last season along with two world records at both Tiogo Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Menary co-owns the talented pacer with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust, who purchased an interest of the colt in the latter part of 2013. A mere $3,000 yearling purchase, He's Watching captured all eight of his victories this past season while racing in the New York Sires Stakes program. He has a 1:50 speed badge along with $291,722 in earnings. This morning, Menary spoke with WEG's Communications department about his youngster. To watch the video, click the link below: http://bcove.me/jvns85ka By Greg Gangle, for WEG    

TORONTO, January 27 - While KG Dragonator and Ontario Success received the bulk of support from the betting public in the $34,700 final of the Snowshoe Series final on Monday at Woodbine, it was Littlebitaclass who edged his rivals at 5-1 for driver Scott Zeron. Zeron guided the son of Santanna Blue Chip into the three-hole in the early stages as Zark (Doug McNair) was first to the front well before the opening station in :27.3. Zark would continue to provide honest fractions throughout the mile as he led past the half in :55.4. Brother John (Sylvain Filion) was In The Pocket, but began to fade as Littlebitaclass angled to the outside to march past that rival and was able to slide into the pocket behind Zark past three-quarters in a quick 1:23.3. Turning for home, the tempo-setter began to fade as Littlebitaclass took over command, but KG Dragonator (Phil Hudon) was using his patented closing kick as he was eating up racetrack from the back field. Littlebitaclass continued to lead in deep stretch and fended off a late challenge from KG Dragonator to score the narrow win in 1:54.3. Ontario Success (Chris Christoforou), who captured both preliminary legs, came from well off-the-pace and settled for third. Trained by David Menary for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Howard Taylor, Littlebitaclass increased his bankroll to $44,475. The sophomore gelding has a 7-1-0 record from 10 career starts. The bay captured his division in the opening round of the series before finishing fourth in the second leg. He paid $13.10 to win. The Snowshoe Series was for three- and four-year-old cold and gelding pacers, who are non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. by Greg Gangle for WEG  

TORONTO, January 13 – Woodbine Racetrack played host to a trio of Snowshoe Series divisions as the opening round got underway for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Monday evening. Hopiesdragninthedo kicked off the 12-race programme with a 1:55 score in the first $15,000 division. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Dragon Again sat In The Pocket before the opening station in :26.4, set by Lucky Nadotremblay (James MacDonald), before taking over command. Hopiesdragninthedo continued to lead his seven rivals past the half in :56.2. Post time favourite, Brother John (Jody Jamieson), angled out from fourth to begin the first-over attack around the final turn and was stalking on the outside of Hopiesdragninthedo past three-quarters in 1:25.1. Down the stretch, the pair separated themselves from the field, but it was Hopiesdragninthedo getting the edge over Brother John in deep stretch to win by three quarters of a length. Greystone Moe (Sylvain Filion) came from off-the-pace to finish third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owners Carolyn Jarrell and Arlene MacIntyre, Hopiesdragninthedo earned his second career tally and increased his bankroll to $28,975. The gelding has started off his 2014 season in fine form with a 1-1-0 record from two starts. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Even-money favourite Ontario Success started off the Pick 4 in the second division with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Ontario Success was in no hurry at the start as Machin Money (Jonathan Drury) was quickest to the front past the opening station in :27.3. With the field well strung out, Machin Money continued to set the pace past the half in :57. Ontario Success found himself sitting well back in sixth, 13 and a half lengths off the pace, with second-choice KG Dragonator (Phil Hudon) on his helmet. Ontario Success began a first-over attack heading towards three-quarters, while Zark (Doug McNair) angled out of the two-hole attacking Machin Money before three-quarters in 1:26.1. Turning for home, Machin Money began to tire as the backfield was quickly closing in. Ontario Success was able to split between horses and fended off challenger KG Dragonator on the outside to win by one and three quarter lengths. Meetyouatmidnight (Billy Davis, Jr.) came on for third. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm, Ontario Success earned his third career victory as his lifetime earnings now sits at $37,384. The four-year-old son of Lis Mara paid $4.10 to win. In the final division, heavily favoured Littlebitaclass and Jody Jamieson clicked in 1:54.4. Jamieson and the son of Santanna Blue Chip settled away in third as Tex (Roger Mayotte) quickly gained control before the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading towards the half, Littlebitaclass was pulled to the outside and marched to the front at the half in :56.4. From there, the six-time winner led his eight rivals past three-quarters in 1:25.3 and fended off a late challenge from Tex to win by half a length. Dreydl Hanover (Keith Oliver) finished third. Trained by David Menary for owner Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Howard Taylor, Littlebitaclass increased his bankroll to $25,925. He paid $4.40 to win. The Snowshoe series is for three and four-year-old colt and gelding pacers, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The second $15,000 leg of the series will take place on Monday, January 20 with the $30,000 (added) final on Monday, January 27. Videos of all races are attached Greg Gangle WEG Communications 

Thundering Ovation took top honours at Flamboro Downs in the Boxing Day feature with a wire-to-wire victory over a field of Preferred 2 trotters. Meet leader Billy Davis Jr. steered the homebred Thunder Road mare through fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:30.3 en route to the 2:01.3 score in the $10,000 trot over the 'good' track for trainer Gerald Sloan and owners Joanne and Courtney Sloan. Money Maven rallied home off cover, but missed by just a head for Daniel O'Brian. Favourite Amigo Loco and Trevor Henry finished third nearly three lengths behind. Thundering Ovation paid $12.10 to win as the 5-1 fourth choice. She earned the third win from 14 starts during her four-year-old campaign while pushing her seasonal earnings to $23,670. For Davis, the win was one of four on the 12-race card. He also picked up victories aboard American Fly and David Menary trainees Torches Angel and Holy Molie Maggie, who ran her win streak up to five. Sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind ($9.80) converted off a pocket trip to win the $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace in 1:59 over pacesetter Mamasaidso and Anthony MacDonald. Bob McClure drove the daughter of I Am A Fool for trainer Sue Marie Gangell, who also co-owns with Barry Charles. Favourite Mc Taylor and Henry finished third. To view Thursday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Thursday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

TORONTO, December 10 - Trainer David Menary has a pair of newcomers in his barn and hopes to start them off on a winning note in a pair of stakes engagements to be held Thursday and Friday at Woodbine. Newly acquired Envious Hanover will begin in the Niagara Series for pacing fillies, while Americhi will contest the Valedictory on Friday for pacing colts and geldings. Envious Hanover, a daughter of Western Ideal, will look for her third straight score when she begins in the $15,000 opening round. The talented filly pacer will also debut new owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi Llc, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr. Envious Hanover will begin from post six in the first dash on Thursday for regular pilot Billy Davis, Jr. "She certainly seems like one of the better fillies in the series," said new conditioner Dave Menary. "Burke's (Burke Racing Stable Llc) and horse agent Marc Reynolds put the deal together and I'm just happy to have her in the barn." Envious Hanover certainly has made her impact on the WEG circuit over the past few months with her best racing of the season. The bay has sported a 2-2-0 record from her last five starts. "She's been improving with every start and developing into a nice filly," Menary said. "I spoke to Billy (Davis, Jr.) last week and he was really impressed with her latest win and how good she was on the front-end. She has terrific gate-speed and that comes in very handy at Woodbine." Just a $5,500 yearling purchase in the 2011 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Envious Hanover was developed and co-owned by William Allan McNeil of Nova Scotia, before being sent to partner Mike Brealey in Ontario. The four-time winner has banked $31,590 in her career along with a 1:53 lifetime best taken last week. Looking ahead to Thursday, Menary remains optimistic about his filly that has been installed as the 5/2 morning line favourite. "She's had a good week and certainly belong in there," he said. "A seven horse field never hurts our chances either. She'll put in a good showing of herself and like I said, she continues to improve so hopefully that continues." The second $15,000 leg will go postward on Thursday, December 19. The Niagara Series is for three-year-old fillies, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31. The Niagara Series will line up as follows on Thursday: Race 1 1. Twin B Heartland 2. Hands Off Hanover 3. Lyonssweetie 4. Miss Poppycock 5. Jeremeyes Jewel 6. Envious Hanover 7. Wonderful Charm Race 3 1. Dance Hall Girl 2. Bad Girl Vegas 3. Parade Route 4. Putmeintogo 5. Russian Kisses 6. D GS Pesquero 7. Negligent Hanover Americhi, also owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, has shipped north to Menary to contest the opening $15,000 round of the Valedictory Series on Friday evening. The talented five-time winner was a recent private purchase from Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Matthew Kakaley and Stable 45. "I watched his latest race at Chester and despite finishing second that was a super impressive mile," Menary said. "I've been looking forward to getting him up here for this series and he has a terrific shot not only to win this leg, but to win the series." With earnings of $63,271 and a 5-4-1 record from 15 career starts along with a 1:51.3 career triumph, Americhi certainly brings a level of consistency onto the racetrack. "He's made a terrific impression on me so far and this series fits him very well," Menary said. "He's a late bloomer and very versatile and it's nice to see that we drew well. "He's got a ton of speed and settled in really nice," Menary continued. "He was trained up well before he shipped here and he seems ready for Friday." Jody Jamieson will guide the son of American Ideal from post one. The second $15,000 leg will take place on Friday, December 20. The Valedictory Series is for three-year-old fillies, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31. The fields will line up as follows: Race 6 1. Avatartist 2. Watersides Kipper 3. Alexas Jackpot 4. Trys Little Prince 5. Pappys Pal 6. Akoya 7. Hes A Sensation 8. Hopiesdragninthedo 9. Scarlet Chaser Race 8 1. Americhi 2. One Stop Deal 3. White Sportscoat 4. Greystone Moe 5. Mr Why 6. J C Onthebeach 7. Shark Fantasy 8. Yucatan 9. Tauranga Both $30,000 (Added) finals are scheduled on Boxing Day with a special 1 p.m. post. Greg Gangle WEG Communications - Standardbred  

Mach Three gelding Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace for the seventh time from just his last 13 Preferred Paces at Woodbine Raceway, tonight Saturday the 30th of November in 1:49.4. The Billy Davis Jr driven five-year-old has been a model of consistancy since David Menry took over the training duties in June of this year. His winning times for his last  six wins have been 1:49, 1:48, 1:48.1, 1:47.3, 1:50 and 1:49.4. Camaes Fellow's video is race 10. Videos of all races are attached.

Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine tonight Saturday the 2nd of November in 1:50 flat. Never in doubt from the getgo the Mach Three son won for the 21st time in his career and took his stake earnings to just over the $785,000 mark. Sylvain Filion did the driving for David Menary. All videos are attached.  

TORONTO, OCTOBER 31 - Twelve dashes took place on Woodbine's Thursday programme with two-year-old fillies of both gaits headlining the Hallowe'en card. The second $12,000 leg of the Autumn Series was held as the youngsters were vying for top spots to advance to the rich $25,000E finals next Friday. In the lone trotting division, Sweetie Hearts stamped herself as the filly to beat in the final as she has now captured both preliminary legs. The daughter of Angus Hall sat comfortable in third in the early stages for driver Mario Baillargeon before the opening quarter in :29.1. Heading towards the half, Baillargeon angled the three-time winner to the front and she laid down panels of 1:00 and 1:30.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by four and three quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Capturethememory (Scott Zeron) finished second with Audrey Pearl (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Ron Parsons for owner/breeder Bob Key, Sweetie Hearts now increased her bankroll to $19,300. The bay paid $4.50 to win as the 6/5 favourite. One race later, the first division for filly pacers took place with 2/5 favourite Witch Dali prevailing by nine lengths. The same tactics were used as Sweetie Hearts in Race 1 as Witch Dali settled in third before the first quarter in :27.1. Driver Jack Moiseyev then angled his charge out of third and Witch Dali marched to the front and laid down middle-half fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 before cruising to a 1:56.1 romp. Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) finished second Zenobia Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) third. Trained and co-owned by Tony Alagna along with Aaron Waxman and Gaetan Hebert, Witch Dali increased her bankroll to $34,320 as she celebrated her third career tally. She paid $2.90 to win. In the other split, Stelllllla and Scott Zeron got under the wire first in 1:56.2. The daughter of Mister Big cleared to the lead past the opening quarter in :27.4 and never looked back as he went past the middle-half in :57.3 and 1:27, before scoring the narrow win over Brescia Seelster (Mario Baillargeon). Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) finished third. Trained by David Menary and owned/bred by Daryl Sherman, Stellllla now has $34,282 in career earnings as she celebrated her third career victory. She paid $4.40 to win as the favourite. The second leg of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with five divisions. First race post is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Videos of all races are attached Greg Gangle

LONDON, ON - Ontario's two-year-old Grassroots competitors wrapped up the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on an impressive note at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening. Next season's provincial stars gave London fans several heart-pumping finishes and one track record equaling mile in the eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations. The record went to two-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who rocketed home to a 1:54.4 triumph in the ninth race. The clocking equaled the track record for a two-year-old male pacer at The Raceway and gave Regal Babe his second win of the season. Gregg McNair conditions Regal Babe for owner-breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, ON and driver Doug McNair crafted the come-from-behind victory, which saw Regal Babe hit the wire five and one-half lengths ahead of Concert Artist and fan favourite King Royalty. The win boosted the Stonebridge Regal son's earnings to $23,983 through nine freshman starts. Driver Jody Jamieson picked up two Grassroots Consolation victories on Tuesday, with the first coming aboard freshman pacing filly Stellllllla in the third race. Jamieson guided the Mister Big daughter to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.2, besting Hare To Eternity and Girlsgotmachzie. Daryl Sherman of Elmore, OH bred and owns Stellllllla and David Menary trains the two-time Grassroots winner, who was sent off as the favourite by London fans. The other pacing filly Consolation was captured by Brookdale Shadow and driver Sylvain Filion in 1:57.1. Jamieson's second visit to the winner's circle came in the last Grassroots Consolation with pacing colt Allstar Seelster. The duo reeled in pacesetter Hunch Man in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56. Opening Line was another length back in third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Artistic Fella son Allstar Seelster, who posted a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds in 11 starts this season. The Grassroots Consolation program got under way with a nail biting finish by the two-year-old trotting fillies that saw Just Call Me Lady reel in pacesetter Bit A Magic to score her second Grassroots victory. Just Call Me Lady hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Bit A Magic in a personal best 2:02.1. Majestic Jewel was two more lengths back in third, while fan favourite Lenny Mac settled for fourth after making an early miscue. Cambridge, ON resident Blake Macintosh trains Angus Hall daughter Just Call Me Lady for his partners Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York, ON, and Trevor Ritchie piloted the filly to both of her Grassroots wins. Trevor Henry piloted Wonderland Snow to a commanding 2:01.3 triumph in the other trotting filly Consolation. Trotting colts Crowningcrest and Rival Seelster also battled to a tight finish, with Crowningcrest prevailing by a neck over the favourite in 2:02.3. Conway Escape rounded out the top three. Scott Coulter engineered the win for trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner-breeder Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, ON. The win was the Mutineer gelding's second straight and his third on the season. The other trotting colt trophy went home with Ramas Last Son, who was piloted to a 2:02.1 win by Steve Condren. The two-year-old trotters and pacers will now enjoy a winter break from provincial racing action before they begin preparations for the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

Race one saw Sweetie Hearts (Angus Hall-Sweetheart K-Muscles Yankee) win the two-year-old filly trot in 1:57.2. There were two races for two-year-old filly pacers and they were taken out by the David Menary trained Polk Dot Hanover (Western Ideal-Paling Avenue-Precious Bunny) and the Mario Baillargeon driven Brescia Seelster (Camluck-Beryl Seelster-Jate Lobell) Videos of all races are attached.

Harnesslink.com has exclusively learned today from the connections that own the undefeated world champion Standardbred two-year-old pacing colt, He’s Watching, that a half interest in the son of American Ideal has been sold to the Muscara Racing Trust He’s Watching is trained and co-owned by David Menary with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, all from Ontario, Canada. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania is comprised of the Joe Muscara family whom currently own and stand the stallions Art Official, Mach Three and Mister Big in additional to numerous race horses. This season He’s Watching put the harness racing world on notice of his ability, setting world records at Tioga Downs (1:50) and Yonkers Raceway (1:52.2). He also set track records at Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and tied the track record on a rainy night at Batavia Downs. He concluded his two-year-old season with earnings of $291,722. He’s Watching was purchased by Menary as a yearling for just $3,000. Complete details of the transaction including the price were not revealed but David Menary confirmed that the current owners would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a racehorse for the next two seasons and that the Muscara Racing Trust would have controlling interest of He’s Watching as a breeding stallion. The entire arrangement is very similar to that of the great race horse and stallion, Niatross, who was also undefeated at age two in 1979 when half interest was sold for $2.5 million with the same racing/breeding agreements. “This is a good deal for everyone,” Said Dave Menary, “We are happy to have partners like Joe Muscara and his family on board. We had a great team when we started out with the colt and now the team is even better. “I am sorry that He’s Watching was not staked to the Breeders Crown this week and can’t be supplemented,” Menary added. “We turned him out but he was in perfect shape to keep on racing. He will be staked right for next year and we plan to be in all of the big dances. “When I first bought him at the sale he was a June foal and a little small,” Menary said. “He is still growing and I am sure will fill out more this winter. What he lacked in size he made up for in speed, heart and ability and he’s not done growing yet. I like to compare him to Foiled Again.” “We are very happy with this deal,” Said Robert Muscara of the Muscara Racing Trust. “He’s Watching has so much potential for the future. Two world records, eight for eight racing this year and we can’t wait to see what happens next year. We are also very happy with Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero as partners. They were great to deal with on the sale. It’s going to be very exciting next season. “ On the breeding side, He’s Watching’s pedigree, despite his bargain basement yearling sale price, shows four strains of the great broodmare K Nora – through He’s Watching himself and Western Ideal via the champion mare Leah Almahurst, plus through American Ideal and Life Sign via the world champion mare Three Diamonds. Also in his breeding is that there are duplications of Leah Almahurst and Three Diamonds that are sex-balanced (i.e. appearing via both a son and a daughter). There are also sex-balanced duplications of Abercrombie, Adios, Good Time, Knight Dream, Meadow Skipper and No Nukes. He’s Watching also has 8 daughters of Tar Heel (6 of them unique) in his 6th generation. That makes He’s Watching’s pedigree one of a possible real champion for his future stallion duties.  by Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Long before he ever made his career debut at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on June 28, David Menary had some high hopes for He’s Watching. A June 13 foal, the colt sold for $3,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, and was the last baby his conditioner and co-owner had in the barn to be broken. But when He’s Watching finally got hooked to the cart he could already pace in 2:28 free-legged, which was well ahead of some of his more mature colleagues. The son of American Ideal and the Real Desire mare Baberhood, He's Watching is also owned by Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. He was always in the first set and had impressed Menary by the time he could go in 2:14, as well as the week before he qualified on June 1 at Mohawk Racetrack. Naturally, the trainer was excited about his colt’s first start in the New York Sire Stakes on that late June evening, but that quickly changed to abject horror, when He’s Watching, who had never made a break while training down, spotted the field 20 lengths by going off stride shortly after he left the gate. “My heart dropped,” Menary said. “I knew we might have to teach him how to race and there’s always next week, but then when he was on the backstretch I said, ‘he’s still going to win if he doesn’t run again.’“ And win he did, crossing the wire in a time of 1:55, with a final quarter in :27.4. It’s already been a quite a season for this youngster with tying a track record, setting a track record, and establishing a world record while remaining a perfect seven for seven, but Menary hopes He’s Watching delivers in what the horse’s goal has been all year and that is to triumph in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final for his age, gait and gender on Saturday (Sept. 28) at Yonkers Raceway. He will leave from post position one with his regular pilot, Jim Morrill, Jr., holding the lines. “When the sheet came out I had to give a little woohoo,” Menary said. “The gods are smiling on us. I have another nice colt in there, Major Trick, and he drew right beside him in the two. Hopefully they get the job done and we have no bad luck. They have no excuses with the draw.” But let’s look back on what He’s Watching has accomplished so far this year as frankly, it is beyond impressive and is more akin to spectacular. After his performance at Saratoga, the colt moved on to another $37,862 New York Sire Stake contest at Buffalo Raceway on July 10. Once again, He’s Watching broke stride leaving the seven hole and was in last, but after a hair raising first over brush had the lead at the half in :59. He went on to win in 1:55.4, lowering the track standard of 1:56.2 set by Heston Blue Chip. The colt qualified at Mohawk on July 31 and made his next appearance at Tioga Downs on Aug. 9 in a $27,090 New York Sire Stakes race. Thankfully, he managed to maintain his gait and the result was a world record of 1:50 by a little more than six lengths. The previous record was 1:50.3 and was held by Rock N Roll Heaven. “Jim Morrill said live in his interview that night at Tioga that he probably could have gone in (1):49,” Menary said. “He also told me in conversation he would have went better than 1:49 if he had asked him for speed, but you don’t get paid for going fast. Everything he has done he has done it all himself and we have brought home a good horse every week. He even had a foot problem prior to Tioga and raced right through that. I think his speed is unreal and I don’t think we have really topped the max yet.” In his next four starts, all in New York Sire Stakes company, He’s Watching has stayed pacing for the entire mile and collected four more wins. His bankroll now stands just shy of $180,000 and in his last start, a $78,629 New York Sire Stakes contest on Sept. 16 at Yonkers Raceway, he hung on by just a nose after drifting out a bit down the stretch. His conditioner does not see the issue as something problematic. “He had too much speed for his knowledge,” Menary said. “He was like a 16-year-old kid driving a corvette that wanted to go from second gear to fifth. He’s matured and is probably the best conditioned 2-year-old in my barn. He is all muscle with just a touch of fat. “We sure haven’t taken anything out of him and I haven’t even seen him blow. He has impressed me in stages and even though he was small as a baby, he was a flawless individual and I scored him high. “He has brought home a percentage of his purse every time and we were looking for a few good New York bred colts as we are just a stone’s throw away from Buffalo, Batavia and Tioga. We have made the best of a good opportunity.” After He’s Watching completes his mile on Saturday evening, Menary isn’t exactly sure what his future plans consist of, but is leaning towards turning him out and focusing on next year. “He’s done from 20 lengths back, from the front, from first over and he has re-moved,” he said. “He’s done everything we have asked him to and that hasn’t been very much. Hopefully we can end the year on a high note with this race because we are pretty excited about next year. “He was lightly staked because he was a late foal and $3,000 (yearling purchase) and the Matron is too late, too far and too much money for what they go for. “I think we will have the advantage on our competition by getting him into the green grass while they are in Lexington, the Breeders Crown, the Matron and the Governor’s Cup. We have never pushed this colt and nearly every race he has been shut down without being asked for speed. “He’s not just a good horse, he is a special horse, and winning the Sire Stakes final would be icing on the cake.” by Kimberly French, for USTA

Trainer of undefeated He's Watching

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kicking off the Championship action in the second race, Waples guided McIntosh trainee Pasadena Star to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory over R Choochoo Charlie and Warrawee Promesse. The two-year-old son of top trotting sire Kadabra stopped the clock at 1:58 to record his sixth lifetime victory in eight starts for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “You’re going out there with a horse that you think is very competitive, if not the best one and basically you’re just going to try not to screw things up. That’s what I was looking for, don’t screw it up, and it worked out,” quipped Waples following the victory aboard the fan favourite and division point leader. “Right from the time he went behind the gate as a baby he knew exactly what he was doing,” added the reinsman. “He was a smart horse and he’s always stayed that way. He’s got a little faster, but everything manner-wise is exactly the same.” Three races later Waples was back in the winner’s circle having achieved an identical result with two-year-old trotting filly Chelseas Chance. Once again sent off as the favourite based on a division leading record of four wins and one second in five starts, Waples engineered a come from behind trip for the Kadabra daughter that saw her pull away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Supreme Monarch and Erin Hall rounded out the top three. McIntosh and C S X Stables also bred and own Chelseas Chance, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts. The freshman pacing championships went to a pair of local horses that employed vastly different strategies to achieve their goal. Pacing colt Lucky King and driver James MacDonald of Guelph controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing home one and one-half lengths ahead of VIP Bayama and Shadow Place in 1:52.2. Rockwood resident Andrew McCabe conditions Lucky King for Glenview Livestock of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton, who took temporary leave of a nearby wedding to watch his horse capture a provincial championship. “We came here to see him win, and he did! He didn’t disappoint us,” said Christopher with a laugh. “It was great.” The Camluck colt, a full brother to former Grassroots winner Red Carpet Dude ($160,330), was a $14,000 acquisition out of the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and returned $59,512 to his owners with his fourth win in 10 starts. In the freshman pacing filly Championship Shadows Wonder closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Itsa Surprise Tome and favourite Momara. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat stopped the clock in 1:54.2. “She’s been a just a lovely filly to work with, to do anything with, all summer long, she just had some bad luck starting out,” explained Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore. “She got the one win and then just figured, ‘Oh this is what I’ve got to do,’ and away she’s been, so it’s been great.” Moore trains and owns the filly in partnership with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint Bruno, QC. Three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo wrote his name into the history books by defending the Grassroots title he claimed at two. The No Pan Intended son and driver Brett Miller achieved the rare feat by storming from the back of the pack to the front with a :26.3 final quarter. George Jettison and Sea Harrier also closed well to finish second and third in the 1:51.3 mile. David Menary of Cheltenham conditions Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Driver Brett Miller scored a second Grassroots Championship with sophomore pacing filly Mattys Big Day, who rolled out of the pocket to best pacesetter Betit To Getit in 1:53. Favourite Western Empress settled for third. Corey Johnson conditions Jeremes Jet daughter Mattys Big Day for Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Reigning Lampman Cup titleholder Sylvain Filion of Milton piloted Legzy to a 1:56.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Championship. The Amigo Hall miss, sent off as the fans’ top choice, bested Wind Stroll and Moms Apple Pie. Rockwood resident Rob Fellows conditions Legzy for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The three-year-old trotting colt crown was captured in commanding fashion by Crosbys Clam Bake who rocketed down the stretch to an eight and one-quarter length victory over Photo Mass and Super Duke in 1:55.3. Guelph resident Doug McNair engineered the Kadabra gelding’s sixth lifetime win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owner Edward Lohmeyer of Cream Ridge, NJ. “Per’s done a great job getting him where he is now. He just told me, you don’t get paid at the quarter or the half,” said McNair after the race. “I could have got away last, that’s how much the best he was, as long as he stayed trotting. I knew he could win as long as he stayed trotting.” McNair and his peers will be back at Mohawk Racetrack next Saturday night, guiding the best Gold Series horses in the province on the $1,600,000 Super Final program. Videos for all races attached. For complete results         Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — In the last decade no horse has captured a Grassroots Championship at two and come back to defend their title the following season. At Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening two horses have an opportunity to change that statistic, three-year-old pacing filly Cams Macharena and three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo. Cams Macharena will attempt to defend her crown from Post 7 in the sixth race and trainer Tony O’Sullivan is hoping the filly is able to rise to the occasion. “Her last three or four Sires Stakes have been really good. I’m actually pleasantly surprised with how fast she’s gone,” says the Cambridge resident, who has struggled to get the Mach Three daughter back on track since an early season jaunt to Ohio’s Northfield Park for the Courageous Lady. “That trip set her back a month or six weeks, it was really hard on her,” explains O’Sullivan. “It threw a kink in her and it seemed to take her a while to recover.” In the June 3 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Cams Macharena finished ninth, but she had bounced back by the end of the month and recorded her first win of the season in the June 30 test at Clinton Raceway. Since then the defending champion has added another Grassroots win, in a personal best 1:53.1 at Georgian Downs, one second, one third and one fourth, putting her fourth in the point standings. O’Sullivan conditions Cams Macharena for owner-breeders Chris Arold and Michael Drury of Strongsville, OH and Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH. Regular reinsman Doug McNair of Guelph will be in the race bike Saturday. Panpero Firpo will take aim on a second division title from Post 9 in the tenth race. In three regular season appearances the No Pan Intended son netted two wins and one fifth to squeak into the post season in ninth-place with 105 points. The colt claimed his victories at Georgian Downs and Mohawk, recording his 1:51.1 personal best over the Campbellville oval on Aug. 9. The David Menary trainee also tried his hand against the Gold Series colts on two occasions this season, but failed to crack the top five. Brett Miller will pilot Panpero Firpo after his second Grassroots title on behalf of Menary and owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Peter Pan Stables and Menary will also send out Panongahela in the three-year-old pacing colt Championship. Undefeated in four regular season starts the gelding will be looking to make it a perfect five from the outside Post 10. Billy Davis Jr. will be aboard Panongahela, who is also a son of No Pan Intended. Before either Cams Macharena or Panpero Firpo attempt to replicate their 2012 success, O’Sullivan will be preparing Concert Artist for his first run at a provincial title. The two-year-old pacing gelding comes into the season finale riding a two race win streak and will start from Post 2 in the fourth race. “He’s stepped his game up every week,” says O’Sullivan. “It was a pleasant surprise what he did the other night.” Concert Artist and Puslinch resident Paul Mackenzie wrapped up the regular season with a five and one-half length victory at Mohawk on Sept. 12, stopping the clock in an impressive 1:53. The win gave the son of Artistic Fella and Western Concert a record of three wins and one fifth in four Grassroots starts and he also picked up a win in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on Aug. 10. “Other than the Battle of Waterloo Elimination, where he over-paced himself, he really hasn’t raced bad all year,” adds O’Sullivan, who also trained the gelding’s mother for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. Concert Artist finished fifth in the freshman pacing colt point race, a hotly contested division which should result in an outstanding showdown on Saturday. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race goes postward at 7:25 pm and the eight Grassroots Championships will be featured in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0921mohsn.dat Ontario Sires Stakes  

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