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CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 18 - Rockin With Dewey trotted to a new career-mark of 1:52 to win the first leg of the Miss Versatility Monday night at Mohawk. A field of seven older trotting mares squared off Monday in round one of the harness racing series, Miss Versatility. The series for trotting mares is contested throughout the season over different track sizes. The final of the series is contested on Little Brown Jug day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Charmed Life was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite in Monday's opening leg. Rockin With Dewey, who defeated Charmed Life a week ago, was parked around the first turn, but cleared to the front as the field entered the backstretch, while Charmed Life was situated in fourth. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Rockin With Dewey posted a half-mile time of :56 before being challenged in the third-quarter by Charmed Life. The two trotting mares slugged it out around the final turn and Rockin With Dewey was forced to trot a :27.3 third-quarter, as she fought off the first up challenge of Charmed Life. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey continued to powered forward as she put away Charmed Life. Dorsay, who got a two-hole trip, stayed close to the leader in the lane, but ultimately finished second, as Rockin With Dewey held her off to win by three-quarters of a length victory in 1:52. Charmed Life had to settle for third, while Bax Of Life was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who also shares ownership in the mare with Diane Ingham. Monday's victory improves the trotting mare's record to two wins from 10 starts this season. Rockin With Dewey now has 12 career victories and career earnings of over $377,000. The clocking of 1:52 knocked a full two-seconds off her previous career-mark. Rockin With Dewey paid $11 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 4 - Covert Operative tracked down a drifting out Hemi Seelster to win the harness racing 'Tie Silk' final Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings contested the $34,000 Tie Silk final Monday evening. Tarot came into the final with a chance at a series sweep, while Covert Operative, Hemi Seelster and Duh Bubbees entered the final with a win and a second-place finish in the opening legs. Hemi Seelster, who was sent off as the slight 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate to grab the early lead. Tarot and driver Jack Moiseyev had to overcome post position ten and were parked around the opening turn before clearing to the lead down the backstretch. After a half of :57.1, Tarot brought the field around the final turn with Hemi Seelster and driver Steve Byron in the pocket and Covert Operative and driver Randy Waples coming first up from fifth. Byron was able to pull the pocket nearing the three-quarter pole, as Tarot reached that station in 1:26. In the stretch, Hemi Seelster overtook the lead from Tarot, who finished seventh, and opened up a few lengths of separation on Covert Operative, who trotted up into second. However, Hemi Seelster would drift out as they made their way down the lane and this allowed Covert Operative to edge in on the lead and nail Hemi Seelster at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Covert Operative is trained by Per Henriksen, who also sent out third-place finisher In Secret. Covert Operative now has a record of four wins from six starts this season. The Tie Silk final victory pushes the gelding's career earnings to $53,400 for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. Covert Operative also established a new lifetime mark with the victory. The Henriksen trainee paid $7.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk, the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 27 - The second leg of the harness racing Celias Counsel series Thursday night at Mohawk saw a repeat winner and a filly break her maiden. A pair $15,000 divisions were contested Thursday evening in the second round of the three-week Celias Counsel series for three-year-old trotting fillies. In the first division, Hape and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev returned to the winner's circle for the second leg in a row with a 1:57.3 victory. A daughter of Pilgrims Taj, Hape came first up from third in the second-quarter and cleared to the front before the final turn. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4, Hape drew away from her rivals in the stretch to score a four-length victory. Giona finished second, while Allies Gift took third. Hape is now two for two in 2015 and has an opportunity next week to sweep the Celias Counsel series. The sophomore trotting filly is owned by Joanne Colville and Nancy MacNevin. Hape's career record now sits at four wins from 12 starts for earnings of over $42,000. The clocking of 1:57.3 missed her lifetime mark by just a fifth of a second. Hape returned $6.20 to win. In the second division, Tymal Signature broke her maiden with a 1:57.3 triumph. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Tymal Signature would be situated in the two-hole around the final turn. After leader Ladyone reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, Baillargeon brought his filly off the cones and trotted right on by to score a 2 ¼ length victory. Ladyone just held on to finish second over Flexceptional. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Tymal Signature is trained by Mark Etsell, who shares ownership with Robert Newton and Steve Organ. The three-year-old trotting filly entered Thursday's second leg off a second-place finish in the opening round a week ago. Tymal Signature's first victory comes in her ninth start of the season and 11th of her career. The Etsell trainee now has a career bankroll of over $24,000. Tymal Signature paid $11.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel series, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. The top-ten money earners from the first two rounds of the series will contest the Celias Counsel final next Thursday (April 30). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 20 - Three-year-old trotters were on display Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of Tie Silk harness racing series first leg divisions. A group of 23 sophomore trotting colts and geldings were split into three $15,000 divisions for the first round of the Tie Silk. The trotters not only had to battle with each other Monday evening, but also heavy winds blowing in their face down the lane. In the first division, the Pennsylvania invader Great Magic was victorious in 1:58.3. Driven by Trevor Henry, Great Magic grabbed the early lead and would face his first challenger down the backstretch in the form of Raising Richard and trainer/driver Eddie Green. Raising Richard would be unable to get by the leader and would eventually make a break nearing the three-quarter pole. After putting away the first up challenger, Great Magic open up several lengths on his rivals in the lane and trotted on to a 3 ¼ length victory. Guscrest got up for second, while Amityville Lindy overcame a pair of breaks to finish third. A son of Kadabra, Great Magic shipped up north from the Meadows for the Tie Silk and into the care of trainer Paul Reid for owner Robert Key. The sophomore trotter came into Monday evening's contest with three wins in his last four starts. Great Magic, who did not win a race in two starts as a rookie, now has a 2015 record of four wins from nine starts. His earnings now exceed $44,000. Great Magic paid $6.40 to win. Tarot and driver Randy Waples scored a 1:56.4 victory as the 7/5 favourite in the evening's second division. A son of Taurus Dream, Tarot trotted out to the early lead, while Arrakis was to his outside around the opening turn. Waples would make a give and go move by allowing Arrakis to clear in the second-quarter, but circled back to the lead with Tarot. The favourite would look strong around the final turn and reach the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Tarot was under no pressure and trotted home to win by a comfortable two lengths over Hemi Seelster. In Secret, the 9/5 second choice, finished third. Tarot, who is trained by Dave Tyrrell for owner Michael Casalino Jr, failed to win a race in 11 starts last season, but the gelding's luck has turned right around this year. The Tyrrell trainee now has five wins from 9 starts and earnings of over $46,000 in 2015. A $2 win ticket on Tarot returned $4.80. In the third and final division, Waples would pick up his second Tie Silk victory of the night with 1/9 shot Covert Operative. The heavy favourite got away in third and would trot along in that position until about the midway point. Covert Operative and Waples came first up around the final turn to challenge the leader Duh Bubbees. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:29.3, the two trotters would come off the final turn and battle it out down the stretch. Duh Bubbees tried his best to fend off the heavy choice in the lane, but Covert Operative would ultimately overtake the lead and prevail by a length in 1:59.2 Its Huw You Know, the longest shot on the board at 45/1, finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Covert Operative is trained by Per Henrisken for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The gelding trotter came into Monday night's Tie Silk opening leg with two wins from three starts this season. Covert Operative now has a career bankroll of $32,650. The Henriksen trainee paid $2.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk series, the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. The second leg of the Tie Silk will take place next Monday night (April 27). Changes to Mohawk qualifying schedule The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform harness racing people of upcoming changes to the Mohawk qualifying schedule. Beginning on Monday, April 27, two qualifying sessions will be held each week at Mohawk Racetrack. Qualifiers will take place every Monday and Friday until the end of May. Starting in June, the qualifying schedule will shift to Tuesdays and Fridays. Two-year-old baby races will be added to the qualifying lineup beginning on Saturday, June 6. Baby races will take place each Saturday, except June 20, until July 4. Post time for all qualifying sessions is 10 a.m. Below is a list of upcoming qualifying dates at Mohawk. Thursday, April 23 - 10 a.m. Monday, April 27 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 1 - 10 a.m. Monday, May 4 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 8 - 10 a.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 16 - The second leg of the Lifetime Dream took centre stage Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten four- and five-year-old trotting mares contested the $20,000 second leg of the three-week harness racing trotting event. Seawind Pascale improved off her second-place effort in the first leg to come away with a gate-to-wire score Monday night in 1:54. Driven by Rick Zeron, Seawind Pascale sprinted out to the lead and would set honest opening fractions of :27 and :56.1. Around the final turn, the leader was challenged first up by Samira Hanover and the two mares squared off past the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Seawind Pascale put away Samira Hanover early, but got tested in deep stretch by an outside push from Her Name Is Lola. At the wire, Seawind Pascale held on to prevail by a neck over Her Name Is Lola. Standing My Ground, who got a two-hole trip, finished third, while Samira Hanover had to settle for fourth. Kate Smith, the winner of leg one, made a break around the final turn and finished ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Seawind Pascale is trained by Ted MacDonnell and now has three wins from five starts in 2015. MacDonnell co-owns the trotting mare with Seawind Amg Stbs 2005 Inc. Monday's victory was the ninth career-win for Seawind Pascale and pushes her career earnings to $117,800. The clocking of 1:54 establishes a new lifetime best for Seawind Pascale. She paid $7.30 to win. The $44,400 final of the Lifetime Dream will take place next Monday (March 23). Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 20, 2015) - At his best, Master of Law was good enough to beat an all-star field in the Centaur Trotting Classic last summer that included world champion Sebastian K. The problem was that he subsequently suffered through seven straight losses for Dan Patch harness racing Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter. Takter added trotting hobbles to Master of Law's equipment earlier this year and the gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe responded with two straight wins. He is owned by the partnership of Lindy Racing, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son and Christina Takter. Master of Law steps up in class to face seven other rivals in Friday's $30,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Meadowlands. Master of Law will be coupled in the wagering with Lindy's Tru Grit. The entry has been installed as the 5/2 second choice behind favorite Melady's Monet. Friday's 13-race card also features large carryovers in the Jackpot Super High Five wagers. After going un-hit again on Thursday night, the Race 5 carryover stands at $26,227.69 and the last race carryover now sits at $129,346.68. Rachel Ryan  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 9, 2015...With mares in the Pompano Park spotlight Monday night, Just A Bee and Little Bitty Lies took top honors in their respective events for the harness racing distaffers.   Just A Bee, competing in the $12,000 Open Pace for the Mares, conquered five rivals and a racetrack deluged with rain just minutes before to score a 1:52.4 win for Mike Micallef -- her margin a half length over a very stubborn Senorita Santanna, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. De Vins Girl was third for Jason Dillander while Always Dee One and Arodasi also picked up minor awards in the field of six.   Just A Bee, a seven year-old daughter of Mr Feelgood, was away in good order from her outside post six to settle into the third spot around the opening turn behind Senorita Santanna and De Vins Girl. Just a couple of strides later, "Queen Bee" was out again and driving for the lead, which she assumed shortly after an opening panel of :27.1.   With no pressure down the opening straightaway, Just A Bee lolly-gagged through a second quarter in :29.4, reaching the half in a "soft" :57. Once they straightened away on the backside, Just A Bee discouraged any impending threats with a :28 third quarter in the slop and then sealed the deal with a :27.4 closer, holding off a very game Senorita Santanna by a half length.   In a post race interview, driver Mike Micallef said, Once I got a taste of that mud in my mouth, I decided to try and make the top spot to minimize any additional 'mud pudding' thrown my way. Actually, we got a nice breather during the second quarter and, when we reached the half cheap (:57), I thought she could carry it all the way home. George's mare (Senorita Santanna) went a big mile--she's tough as nails--but my mare is tough, as well...and actually had a bit easier of a trip than last week, when she had to go first up on the backside and finished second."   Owned by Anita Micallef, along with John Mc Goff and Greg Heath, Just A Bee now has a 3-1-0 scorecard in five starts this young season, good for $22,500. She's earned $172,166 lifetime.   As the 3 to 5 favorite, Just A Bee returned $3.40 to win.   Little Bitty Lies, a five year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, used a bold rush on the backside to take command prior to the final turn and romp home an easy winner--two lengths--for Lewayne Miller in 1:56.4 over the track still labeled sloppy in the $13,000 companion Open Trot for Mares.   Trot Fudge Sundae, handled by Dave Ingraham, used a backside brush of her own to get second while Blushing Hanover, prominent early but backed up after getting "briefly stuck in traffic" rallied for Mickey McNichol to finish third.   Barbies Korvett and Black Swan also earned checks in the septet.   Third early on through opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4, Little Bitty Lies blitzed her opposition with a strong backside brush to assume command--comfortably--past the third station in 1:26.4.   From there, the issue was never in doubt.   Owned by the consortium of the Erv Miller Stable, Wind Gap, MIchelon and Paymaq Racing, Little Bitty Lies won for the initial time in 2015 in just two starts this season--9th win lifetime--to send her career bankroll to $158,788.   Finally, though the even money favorite in the Super Hi-5 was disqualified and placed out of the top five, the event still had multiple winners with the carryover going over to Tuesday night's card exceeding $120,000.   Post time is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry for Pompano Park      

The bottom line on stallion ads is to drum up business, of course, but what qualities and accomplishments a given farm highlights or ignores in these ads is always of interest. What they choose to say and not say tells the tale. Norman Woolworth and David Johnston’s Stoner Creek Stud always embraced the understated approach. In 1971 ads for Meadow Skipper, they simply noted that Most Happy Fella, from his first crop, had been voted Pacer of the Year while two-year-old Albatross had won his division. Skipper stood for $5,000 at that time. Eight years later, when it was obvious that he was the King and he was standing for $30,000, they simply printed “The Ultimate Sire” over Meadow Skipper’s name. A similar approach was taken by JEFs Standardbred Country Club  when they stood grandson Cam Fella in New Jersey for $25,000 16 years later. “The Pacing Machine” said it all. A more hyperbolic approach was taken by Team Finder/Guida with Niatross. In a 1987 ad the former was described in bold type as “The most prolific pacing stallion in the world today.” Prolific in this case describes numbers of 2:00 and 1:53 or faster performers from the first three crops of the great pacer. The ad goes on to state that “Niatross is the superior stallion of all time.” He was standing for $40,000. Unfortunately, like too many from that line, he started off good but fell off sharply after the first few crops. Nihilator, Semalu Damour, Pershing Square, Smartest Remark, Barberry Spur and Caressable all came early, but pretty soon the well went dry. Barberry Spur stood at Stoner Creek for $10,000. Ouch! By 1990 Niatross was standing for $7,500 in New Jersey; four years later his fee had dropped to $5,000; five years later he was dead. The superior stallion of all time? I don’t think so. The Finder/Guida syndicate also marketed the Albatross stallion Merger as “the fastest two-year-old pacer in history.” True enough, but another dud. Nihilator, who was syndicated for more than $19 million, was also hyped beyond the realm of possibility. He started out serving a large book of mares at Almahurst for $40,000 a pop and proved to be a disaster. Ted Gewertz was quoted as saying the worst mistake he ever made was breeding to Nihilator. His fee dropped to $35,000, then $25,000. He only sired five full crops before passing prematurely. Bret Hanover was better than any pacer that preceded him. For that reason his first crop sons, none of whom were worth a damn as stallions, were marketed very aggressively. Almahurst advertised High Ideal anywhere and everywhere as the “greatest son of Bret Hanover.” At that point that wasn’t saying much and High Ideal, despite all the support, proved to be a mistake. Flying Bret was another from that first crop who was touted in the pages of every magazine but never amounted to anything. Golden Money Maker was also a failed stallion—in this case by Tar Heel—who was a darling of those selling ad space. Green Speed, who won the 1977 Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, was touted by Pine Hollow Stud (Finder again) as a horse “Considered by many to be the greatest trotter to ever look through a bridle.” Trainer/driver Bill Haughton is quoted as saying Green Speed was “the greatest trotter I have ever seen.” The son of Speedy Rodney was standing for $5,000, a veritable bargain for the greatest ever. He sired one good horse, the filly Duenna, who won the Hambletonian for Stanley Dancer. Not quite the greatest ever? Later on Haughton was quoted in an ad for Burgomeister as saying, “he could have been the best trotter around.” But he wasn’t and he failed as a stallion. Pine Hollow also screamed that Sonsam’s world record 1:53.2 mile in the Meadowlands Pace was “the greatest performance ever.” Like his paternal brothers, he was good at the beginning but hit the wall early. Lana Lobell’s Alan Leavitt, a novelist in his spare time,  favored long essays that emphasized his personal experience choosing stallions and matching them up with mares. In some cases a full page ad never mentioned the farm’s stallions. In one he proudly proclaimed experience to be superior to a computer program when it comes to assigning mares to stallions. After reading five paragraphs on Icarus Lobell you thought he was talking about Meadow Skipper. Although in the case of Speedy Crown, who was a game changer, ads full of numbers did appear. Fair Winds Farm also took the long-winded approach to advertising stallions like McKinzie Almahurst. Sometimes it’s best to avoid focusing on the stallion being advertised. A case in point is the advertising put forth on behalf of Deweycheatumnhowe. Walnut Hall had a full page ad in a recent edition of Horseman And Fair World with Master Of Law in bold print and a picture of that one winning the Centaur. Dewey, who has bounced from Kentucky to Ontario to New York, is mentioned once in the small print. Ads for track stars that are struggling as stallions, like Art Official, Shark Gesture and Mister Big, are long on racing accomplishments by the stallion and short on details about his progeny. There is a time limit on that: at some point it gets a little weird. Breeding can be a point of emphasis. Shirley’s Beau, the best son of the Hoot Mon stallion Overcall, was advertised as one that “could be the outcross stallion needed in harness breeding.” He wasn’t. Keystone Ore was touted as the “greatest son of Bye Bye Byrd.” He did sire It’s Fritz, one of those fastest that never won anything types. Speaking of pure speed, one obscure stallion was touted as the only son of Steady Star standing in Illinois. Still one too many. Unraced Cobra Almahurst, a $385,000 yearling, was produced by “The Magic of Meadow Skipper.” “He was meant to be a great one and everyone knew it.” All this for $1,000 in Illinois. Lime Time was marketed on the basis of his 95% conception rate. They were slow as can be, but they were a sure bet to pop out. Sundance Skipper, the sire of Carl’s Bird, was “the overnight sensation.” Not exactly. Ideal Society was “The only 2-year-old to beat all multimillion dollar syndicated 2-year-olds in 1981.” Say what? Lew Williams’ speedball Whata Baron did much of his best work in New Jersey and he was widely advertised when he entered the stallion ranks. He may have executed seven sub-1:55 winning miles in less than three months, but he was no sire. The Armstrong Brothers boldly stated and underlined that Armbro Omaha’s “First Crop Defies Comparison.” Even by OSS standards in the late 1970’s that was kind of strong. The son of Airliner was better on the track than he was in the shed. Good ads can give a stallion a boost, but when looked back at from a distance they may raise an eyebrow or two. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

DAYTON, OH. - Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith) captured his first local Hollywood Dayton Raceway victory Saturday night in the $10,000 Open Trot; while Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) triumphed for the fourth time in the last eight weeks in the companion $10,000 Open Pace feature. Mystical Dew was campaigned successfully at Hoosier Park all summer but managed to get his tenth seasonal win in just his second local start in Dayton. The four-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe-sired gelding, owned by the Mystical Marker Farm and trained by Jeff Smith (Tyler's dad), equaled the track record for four-year-old geldings which was set by Final Breath in October in a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship race. Smith got away third from the inside post position and moved first-over on the outside prior to the half. Racing uncovered the balance of the way Mystical Dew managed to get within a head of frontrunner Rehab Mountain at the head of the stretch then cleared and held off the other closers to win by three-quarters of a length. Mr Web Page (Chris Page finished a strong second with Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) getting third money. The winner returned $6.20. Ater, who has been red-hot of late, guided Lucky Lime for the first time and the five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover responded the way he always does, grinding it out from start to finish with a winner's determination. The Dean Glispie-trainee never saw a pylon in this outing as he was placed sixth on the outside at the quarter, fourth on the rim at the half, up to third at the next station, second at the top of the stretch by a neck and finally prevailing at the wire by a neck. Fractions for the overland journey were :27.1, :56, 1:24 and 1:52.1. It was the eighth win of the year and increased Lucky Lime's bounty to $81,000 in 2014. Owned by Kirk Nichols, he bested Valentino (Chris Page) and Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps). From the press box at Dayton Raceway

Goshen, NY... Ballots for the 2015 inductees to the Living Horse Hall of Fame are in the mail. There is less than a month in which to vote - ballots must be postmarked by December 26, 2014. All members in good standing of the Harness Racing Museum are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. The slate of eligible horses selected by the Living Horse Hall of Fame Nominating Committee follows. If members have not received their ballot by December 15 please contact Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com or by phone at 845-294-6330 and one will be immediately sent to you. Only Museum members in good standing are eligible to vote for this prestigious award. The winners will be announced in January and inducted July 5, 2015. THE NOMINEES ARE: Deweycheatumnhowe (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:54.2; 3,1:50.4 ($3,155,178) Bay Horse, 2005 (Muscles Yankee - Trolley Square - Speedy Somolli) FOOL'S GOAL (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:53.4; 7,1:51.3 ($3,057,070) Bay Gelding, 1995 (Armbro Goal - Contestique - Tuneful Contest) Mr Muscleman (Nominated as Racehorse) 2,1:59; 3,1:53.3; 5,1:51.1s ($3,582,823) Bay Gelding, 2000 (Muscles Yankee - Meadowbranch Irene - Meadow Road) Real Desire (Nominated as Racehorse) p,2,1:50.4; 3,1:49; 4,1:48.2 ($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998 (Life Sign - Deadly Desire - Troublemaker) Somebeachsomewhere (Nominated as Racehorse) p,2,1:49.3; 3,1:46.4 ($3,221,299) Bay Horse, 2005 (Mach Three - Wheres The Beach - Beach Towel) THE LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME CRITERIA AS A RACEHORSE: Must have won 75% of its lifetime starts OR gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races OR the winner of $3 million lifetime OR named Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada). AS A STALLION: Must rank among the 10 all-time leading moneywinning sires at his gait OR have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR the leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons AS A BROODMARE: Must have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (U.S. and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner. Broodmares meeting the "broodmare category" criteria are automatically elected members of the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. If you are not a current member and would like to vote, call or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com for a membership application, or obtain one online at http://www.harnessmuseum.com/pages/membership/membership.htm. Mail completed membership applications to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924, or renew by calling 845-294-6330. You may also fax the form to 845-294-3463 or email it to Joanne. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main St. in Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Thanks to U.S. Trotting Association support, free admission is currently offered for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for docent-guided group tours. Please feel free to contact us at 845-294-6330 or visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com. by Paul Wilder, for the Harness Racing Museum

TORONTO, November 28 - It was a frosty night Friday at Woodbine, but Mario Baillargeon and Sylvain Filion were both on fire in the Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds. The three-week series for Ontario sired three-year-olds came to a close with a finale for each division. In the first final of the evening, Meadowview Vicky completed the Autumn Series sweep with a 1:57.2 victory in the three-year-old filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent off as the 4/5 favourite and got away in second for driver Mario Baillargeon behind Serendipitious and Chris Christoforou. In the second quarter, Baillargeon appeared to be pulling the pocket, but Christoforou asked Serendipitious to pick up the tempo forcing Meadowview Vicky to continue trotting along in the two-hole. After fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.1, the fillies reached the top of the stretch and Meadowview Vicky came off the rail and trotted by Serendipitious to win the Autumn Series final by a length. Superflex got up for third, while Osprey Impact finished fourth. By sweeping the Autumn Series, Meadowview Vicky has now won three starts in a row and seven of 14 this season. Trained by Mark Etsell for owner Meadowview Farms Inc, Meadowview Vicky has now earned over $70,000 in her first season of racing. She returned $3.80 to win. Meadowview Vicky In the $38,600 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings final, Baillargeon would find himself back in the winner's circle after guiding Rural Art to a 1:52 victory. The son of Major In Art was second over around the final turn following The Optomist, while Kindofabigdeal called the shots through the opening three-quarters. In the stretch, Rural Art popped off his cover and would track down Kindofabigdeal to score a half length victory with a :27.4 last quarter. Bugger Bruiser took the show spot, while V I P Bayama was fourth. Trained by John MacMillian, Rural Art finished second in the opening leg, but opted to skip round two and instead won an overnight event at Rideau on November 23. Rural Art has now won eight of 20 starts this season, nine of 24 in his career and banked more than $60,000 for owners 2099551 Ontario Inc and MacMillian. The clocking of 1:52 was a new lifetime best for the three-year-old gelding. He returned $6.20 to win. Rural Art While Baillargeon swept the opening two finals, it was now Sylvain Filion's turn in the spotlight. In the $40,000 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings final, Filion and Dontcheatonmenow held on to prevail in a win photo. Dontcheatonmenow was three-wide around the first turn and would duel with stablemate Warrawee Prince in the second quarter. Filion and Dontcheatonmenow would finally clear before the final turn and would post a three-quarter time of 1:27.1 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Deweykeepumnwhy, who was second over on the final turn, would close ground on Dontcheatonmenow and the two trotters were almost inseparable as they hit the wire in 1:57. In the photo, Dontcheatonmenow was declared the winner by nose leaving Deweykeepumnwhy in the place spot. Stonebridge Rich and Tequila Haze finished third and fourth respectively. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dontcheatonmenow is now trained by Richard Moreau for owner Rolling Hills Racing Stables and has now won three of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $46,000. Dontcheatonmenow won a division of the first Autumn Series leg, but skipped the second leg. In his career, Dontcheatonmenow has now visited the winner's circle five times and banked over $120,000. He paid $7.20 to win. Dontcheatonmenow Filion would return to the winner's circle in the $40,400 three-year-old pacing fillies final with Artistic Fusion. The daughter of Artistic Fella got away in fourth, but after a couple lead changes on the front, Filion sent the filly towards the front and would clear to the lead in the third quarter. After posting a three-quarter time of 1:23.3, Artistic Fusion would open a solid lead in the stretch en route to a career-best 1:52.4 victory by a length and a quarter over Double Joy. Mach Some Noise, the heavy favourite, finished third, while Performing Art was fourth. Trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote, Artistic Fusion won an opening round leg of the Autumn Series and then finished second in the second round. Artistic Fusion has now won five of 16 starts this season and six in her career. The Agostino trainee has now banked over $56,000 in two seasons on the track. She paid $21.50 to win. Artistic Fusion Along with winning a pair of Autumn Series finals, Filion also won two other races on the 11-race card for a grand slam. In order to be eligble for the Autumn Series, three-year-olds had to be Ontario sired and non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2014 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 14 - Round one action of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds continued Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $15,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two $15,000 splits for the sophomore pacing colts and geldings were contested. In the first division on the trotting side, Warrawee Prince went gate to wire for a 1:57.1 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Warrawee Prince went straight to the front and posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27 before trotting home in :30.1 and just holding off Sas Warkentin by half a length. Lexus Rocky took the show spot. A son of Angus Hall, Warrawee Prince is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Daniel Plouffe and Jean Dessureault. The leg one victory was his fifth win in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $30,000. Warrawee Prince paid $9.70 to win. Dontcheatonmenow and Phil Hudon delivered as the public's choice in the second division. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe made a first up move from fourth along the backstretch and would eventually clear to the front in the third quarter. In the stretch, Dontcheatonmenow would trot home in :29.4 for a length and three-quarter victory in 1:56.3. Me The Boss finished second, while Valorscross finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson, Dontcheatonmenow now has two victories in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $26,000. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables. He returned $4.90 to win. In the final division, Totally Ripped rallied from far back to win in 1:56.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Totally Ripped trotted along near the back of the pack for the majority of the mile and was seventh and almost nine lengths off the lead at three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Totally Ripped flew by his rivals to win by half a length. Headsaregonna Turn, who cut the mile, held on for second over Windsn Cobra. A son of Muscle Mass, Totally Ripped is trained by Jeff Byron for owner Donald Leschied and has now won five times in 16 starts this season for earnings of over $56,000. A $2 win ticket on Totally Ripped retuned $4.30. Kindofabigdeal turned in a big mile to win the first Autumn Series division for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Filion, the son of No Pan Intended was first up around the final turn and pressing the leader and favourite Eveil Dun Champion. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, Kindofabigdeal powered by Eveil Dun Champion at the top of the lane and pulled away to a length and a quarter victory in a career best 1:51.4. Bugger Bruiser finished third. Kindofabigdeal has now won three of five career starts and has earned over $23,000 for owner Hudson Standardbrd Stb Inc. He returned $7.00 to win. In the second division for the pacers, Vip Bayama gave Filion his third leg one victory of the night. The son of Mach Three got away second, made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to recording his second win of the season. Vip Bayama took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and paced a final quarter of :27.2 to win by a pair of lengths. Rural Art took the place spot, while So Bad Im Good finished third. Vip Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Dan Mogridge, Jeffrey O'Borne and Pat Lachance. The three-year-old pacer has now earned over $36,000 in 16 starts this season and lowered his career mark by two fifths of a second. Vip Bayama paid $5.50 to win. The second round of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings will take place next Friday, November 21. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

October 11, 2014. “Down by the wire tonight I was asking her to go and she was looking at me like ‘we’ve got it won bud, just relax,’ And we did.” That’s how harness racing driver Jody Jamieson described the end of his trip with Danielle Hall who parlayed a perfect pocket trip to score a mild upset over favourite Stubborn Belle in tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk. It was the first of eight Super Finals on the card wrapping up the 2014 OSS season. Paul MacDonell and Stubborn Belle protected their rail position as the race got underway with Jamieson tucking Danielle Hall (who left from post two) right behind. Stubborn Belle reached the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field trotted around the final turn Jamieson pulled the right line on Danielle Hall and she managed to get by Stubborn Belle and hit the wire first in 1:54.1. The time was just two-fifths of a second off the OSS record established by Bee A Magician. Muscle Baby Doll was able to get up for second for Doug McNair while Stubborn Belle held on for third. Steve Condren managed to work out a rather impossible trip for Stubborn Belle’s stablemate from the John Bax barn to grab fourth. Mischief Smile earned the final cheque. It was win number seven in 10 tries this year for Danielle Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe owned by trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, and Winnipeg Racing (Tom Kyron) of Concord, Ontario. She now has $378,000 earned this year. “I really didn’t see the race turning out like that. I thought that Mac (MacDonell) would let a couple go and re-move but his filly got off on a real good foot tonight. I was a little bit behind the eight ball making sure I closed up the two hole when it was there following Stubborn Belle there was no other trip,” explained Jody Jamieson. “I wasn’t confident in pulling that early but Dougie (McNair) was coming with a really nice filly (Muscle Baby Doll), trained by Tony O’Sullivan, she’s been sprinting by me or close to me all year. My mare felt so good I just I said ‘well, it’s now or never.’ She showed tonight she’s a pretty nice animal. “She’s just so smart, a couple of times I’ve won with her here and turned her around, just like I did tonight, and walked her down the rail and she’s got her ears up looking around. She’s very smart, that’s one of her best attributes.” Danielle Hall was a $21,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale from breeder Walnut Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. She is the third foal from $247,000 winner Debbie Hall. Carl Jamieson reports she'll head next to the Goldsmith Maid followed by the Breeders Crown if all goes well. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11.

Three-year-old trotting colt Harper Blue Chip has made three starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division this year and has won them all including the second of two $105,000 divisions tonight at Mohawk. Harper Blue Chip was sent off as the heavy favourite and quickly showed why as he flew up from sixth to grab early control and was well settled by the opening quarter in :27.2. He clicked off the half in :56.3 and was at the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and could not be caught down the stretch, winning easily in 1:55.3 for Sylvain Filion. Keystone Trevor closed well to take second while British Steel was third. Trained by Mark Steacy for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald, Cornwall, David Reid, Glenburnie and George Judson, Athens, Ontario, Harper Blue Chip was recording his fifth victory in a dozen starts this year for $481,000 in earnings. Lifetime his bankroll sits at $708,000. His victory tonight puts him squarely atop the point standings in this OSS division. A son of Steacy’s former champion Majestic Son, the colt is from the Muscles Yankee daughter Winning Jonlin and was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock of New York which also bred the winner of the first division which saw Muscle Matters and Mario Baillargeon establish the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26. However, he could not hold off See The Wind and James MacDonald in the stretch as that colt took over to hit the wire first in 1:54.2. Muscle Matters held for second with Sheer Flex taking third. Chris Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, trains and co-owns the winner, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe, with Synerco Ventures of Toronto, Ontario, and Wilbur Lang of Ohio. Tonight’s effort was the second win in 12 attempts for See The Wind, bred by Blue Chip. A $10,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, See The Wind is from a half-sister to $386,000 winner Bramasole. This was the final regular season Gold event for this group. The top point earners will hook up once more in the season ending OSS Super Final on October 11 back at Mohawk. To view the results from tonight’s program, please click Mohawk Results - September 22. OSS News

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 20, 2014 - Master of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored, Sebastian K, late in the stretch to win the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 20. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sebastian K and driver, trainer Ake Svenstadt left alertly from post six but would have to work for position as Creatine and Trace Tetrick left aggressively to get the first call around the opening turn in :27. Their lead would be short lived as Sebastian K pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half mile time in :55.4. With a target on his back, Sebastian K would once again have to work for position as the outer flow quickly began to form. Verlin Yoder had Natural Herbie out and firing down the backside and was forcing the issue first-over approaching the final turn with Master of Law in tow. As the field began to tighten, Sebastian K still called the shots around the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4 but the taxing trip began to take its toll. Sebastian K was able to fend off Natural Herbie but Master of Law loomed large in the background. Tipping three-wide late in the lane, Master of Law surged passed his rivals and coasted to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Creatine. Natural Herbie held on gamely to round out the trifecta while Sebastian K faded late in the stretch to finish seventh. Dismissed at the betting windows, Master of Law returned $44.00 for the victory. "We got away decent, obviously the track was a little sticky but everything worked out in my favor," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "The track favored my horse a little more versus my other horse in the field (Uncle Peter) who was not shod for this track. This is a nice horse. He's developing all the time and he can play with these guys." Master of Law who has now won three of six seasonal outings is owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son, and Christina Takter. The gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Posses The Magic has now won nine of 17 lifetime outings and pushed his career bankroll to $331,753. "My owners wanted me to drive this horse," Takter continued. "He is kind of a one man show, you can't rush him. I've only had him for a little while but I really like this horse. He's only four and he is staked to everything, so We Will See." Master of Law Takter also scored another training win on the 14-race card with his two-year-old trotting filly Speak To Me in one of two divisions of the $154,150 Kentuckiana Stallion Management. With driver Brett Miller in the bike, Speak To Me recovered from a break in the final turn to stop the timer in 1:55.2, a new track record at Hoosier Park for two-year-old trotting fillies. The second division of Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes action for freshman trotting fillies went to Livininthefastlane and driver Tim Tetrick in 1:56. Trained by Julie Miller, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise was able to score from off the pace to record her third win of the season. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 23 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin

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