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TORONTO, January 25 - Domedomedome completed her domination of the Lifetime Dream Series with a 1:55.4 victory Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 four and five-year-old trotting mares lined up for the $44,200 Lifetime Dream Series final, but all eyes were on five-year-old Domedomedome. The Jack Moiseyev trainee entered the final off victories of 4¼ and 3¼ lengths in the preliminary rounds and the public sent her off as the 2/5 favourite. Driven by Moiseyev, Domedomedome was able to get away second behind Giona, who once again flashed her gate speed to grab command and post an opening-quarter of :27.3. Moiseyev wasted little time circling to the front in the second-quarter and his trotting mare marched by the half in :58.3. Lady Ping, who was also aiming for a series sweep, trotted along fifth in the early stages and picked up cover to sit second-over around the final turn. Domedomedome trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2 and created a bit of separation on her rivals at the top of the lane. Lady Ping did not fire off cover, but AspenCalifornia, who was third-over, showed good trot in an attempt to catch the favorutie in the stretch. However, Moiseyev had Domedomedome on cruise control and the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe trotted home comfortably in :28.2 to win by a length and a half over AspenCalifornia. I Jasmin, who came first up, finished third, while Lady Ping was fourth. Domedomedome is owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt. The five-year-old trotting mare now has three wins from four starts this season and ten overall in her career. The Moiseyev trainee pushed her career earnings to $142,650 with the Lifetime Dream Series final victory. She paid $2.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 18 - Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat harness racing victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday. In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth, while AspenCalifornia cut an opening-panel of :28.1. I Jasmin circled around the leader from second to lead the field by the half in :58.1. Moiseyev was able to pick up cover around the final turn and had Domedomedome poised to strike from second-over turning for home. In the lane, the public's choice surged by to the lead and trotted home comfortably in :29.1 to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Piscean. I Jasmin finished third, while AspenCalifornia was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome has now visited the winner's circle twice in three starts this season and nine-times overall. Owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt, Domedomedome increased her career earnings to $120,550 with Monday's victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Domedomedome A pair of scratches left just a field of four for the second division, but the small field put on a good show. Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, and trainer/driver Dagfin Henriksen trotted along third in the early stages, while Giona cut out opening-fractions of :29.1 and :59.2. After trotting by the half, Henriksen brought his mare to the outside and trotted up to within a length of Giona at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Giona battled tough and refused to surrender the lead to the public's choice. Lady Ping needed every inch of racetrack to get by the leader and did so in the final stride to win by a head in 1:58.1. Luau Hanover finished third, while MissysGa Ga, who made a break at the start, was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Henriksen, Dr. Brett Anderson and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare now has two wins from three outings in 2016 after winning four of 24 last year. Lady Ping's sixth career triumph pushes her career bankroll over $131,000. She paid $3.30 to win. Lady Ping In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the four and five-year-old trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Domedomedome and Lady Ping will both be aiming for a series sweep in next Monday's (January 25) $44,200 final. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 11 - Lady Ping and Domedomedome were popular harness racing winners in Monday night's first leg of the Lifetime Dream Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 12 four and five-year-old trotting mares were split into two $20,000 first leg divisions. In the first split, Lady Ping converted off a second-over trip for a 1:58.3 victory. Trained and driven by Dagfin Henriksen, Lady Ping got away in fifth, while Piscean cut out opening fractions of :29.2 and 1:00. Sheguindah came first-up to challenge the leader, which allowed Lady Ping to pick up cover. In the stretch, Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, came off cover and trotted by her rivals with ease to score a 3¾ length victory with a :29.2 final-quarter. Luau Hanover got up for second, while Sheguindah was third. Piscean dropped back to finish fifth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Dr. Brett Anderson, Henriksen and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare won four of 24 starts in 2015 and banked over $109,000. Lady Ping now has five career victories and a bankroll of $121,700. She paid $3.50 to win. Lady Ping Domedomedome kept things rolling for the favourites in the second division, as the Jack Moiseyev trainee won easily at 4/5. Driven by Phil Hudon, Domedomedome made a second-quarter move to the lead from fourth to post a half-mile clocking of :58.3. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3, the public's choice stretched her lead out to as many as seven-lengths before stopping the clocking in 1:57.4 for a 4¼ length victory. Aspen California rallied nicely to finish second, while Tymal Fireitup finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome is owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt. The Moiseyev trainee won seven of 31 starts in 2015 for over $90,000 in earnings. Domedomedome, who was making her second start of 2016, now has eight career wins and a bankroll exceeding $110,000. A $2 win ticket on the favourite returned $3.80. Domedomedome In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series is schedule for next Monday (January 18). Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

TORONTO, December 5 - The harness racing favourites came out on top in a pair of Autumn Series finals Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with a pair of $38,000 finals. Cajon Lightning completed the series sweep with an easy-looking 1:51.3 victory in the pacing final. The Richard Moreau trainee got situated fifth in the early stages with driver Sylvain Filion, while stablemate Doctor Royal led the field by the opening-panel in :26.2. Mach On The Beach, also a Moreau trainee, made a second-quarter brush to the lead from fourth, which allowed Filion to follow and touch down on the front with Cajon Lightning at the half in :55.1. Cajon Lightning opened up several lengths on the field around the final turn and cruised by the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Cajon Lightning coasted home in :28.3 under no urging from Filion to win by 2½ lengths. Naturescape finished up well for second, while Mach On The Beach finished third. A son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning was sent off as the 1/5 favourite after scoring a pair of impressive victories in the preliminary legs. The sophomore pacer has now won five of 18 starts this season for earnings of over $76,000. Unraced as a two-year-old, Cajon Lightning is owned by Wm Wood, William Dittmar Jr, Stephen Iaquinta and Minisink Farms LLC. The Moreau trainee paid $2.40 to win. Cajon Lightning My My Hey Hey turned in a spectacular performance to win the $38,000 Autumn Series trot final. A trio of scratches left just a field of seven for the series finale. My My Hey Hey, who won a second leg division, was sent off as the 4/5 choice from the rail. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, My My Hey Hey had a rocky beginning and got away last, while P L Icabod cut an opening-quarter of :26.4. Baillargeon was not content to sit at the back with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a bold last to first move in the second-quarter to take command. After reaching the half in :56.3, My My Hey Hey continued to power along on the front and opened a lead of close to seven lengths to trot by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. In the stretch, My My Hey Hey kept the momentum going and trotted home comfortably in :29.3 to win five lengths in a series record clocking of 1:54.3. Stormont Wizard, the second choice at 9/5, trotted up to finish second, while Love Hunter was third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, My My Hey Hey has now won four of 13 starts this season for owners Wallacestandardbreds Inc. and Birnam Wood Farms. The sophomore trotter has earned over $54,000 in his first season of racing. My My Hey Hey's clocking of 1:54.3 knocked three-fifths of a second off his previous career mark set last week. The Wallace trainee paid $3.70 to win. My My Hey Hey In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Pompano Beach, FL…November 17, 2015…S S G Stables’ Mach Me Not, handled by Wally Hennessey for trainer Jim Mc Donald, took top honors in Pompano Park’s feature for the mares on Tuesday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. This rugged nine year-old daughter of Mach Three won for the 37th time during her lengthy career now stretching 209 starts and sent her lifetime bounty over the $350,000 mark--$352,492 to be precise. The victory on this night—her 10th of the year in 30 starts—was especially impressive as she was on the outside for the first five-eighths of the mile grinding towards the top spot, finally reaching the lead with three-eighths remaining and never threatened thereafter. Her winning margin was a length over Skyway Dusty (Aaron Byron) who led through panels of :27.1 and :55.4 before being out-brushed on the backside by the winner, who got to the third station in 1:24.1. Im Gracies Wigwam (Ed Hensley) was third, 1 ½ lengths away, while All Charged Up and Fiesta Camcun were next in the field of 10. In a post-race interview, driver Hennessey remarked, “She’s a tough mare all right. She has a tendency to drift out in the lane but she just keeps digging in until she passes the wire. Jimmy (trainer Mc Donald) has her very sharp again and she handled the competition very well tonight with the class jump.” Mach Me Not was sent post-ward as the 7 to 5 favorite and was one of three favorites to hit the winner’s circle in the track’s 50 cent Pick-5 event which paid a handsome $3,888.80 to the eight winning ticket holders of the 9-5-5-6-5 combination. The featured conditioned trot went to Janet, a sophomore daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, for Aaron Byron in a lifetime best 1:56 performance. Trained by owner Richie Silverman, Janet won for the second consecutive time in her class but returned a very generous $26.00 to her faithful after returning $9.60 last week in this very same class—the difference being post position eight this week as opposed to number four a week ago. Still, Janet was able to assume control three-eighths into the mile from Luck Is All I Need (Wally Hennessey) and lead the rest of the way. American Superman (Andy Santeramo) finished third while Zoraze was fourth with El Diablo Rojo picking up the nickel. Janet’s scorecard now reads 5-2-4 in 19 starts this semester, good for $21,516. Racing continues on Sunday at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

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CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario - September 18 - All eyes will be on Mission Brief in Saturday's Elegantimage Stakes, but Danielle Hall is slowly starting to find the stride that banked her over $500,000 as a two-year-old. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe will leave from post six in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Last season, Danielle Hall won the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and finished second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown. All signs pointed towards another strong year for the trotting filly, but a setback earlier this season slowed down the Jamieson trainee. "She qualified in (1):55 at the start of the year and just looked like a monster," said Jody Jamieson. "She hurt her knee somehow and then she was in Guelph for a longtime." Danielle Hall missed two months of racing after being scratched from an OSS Gold event on June 18. The Ontario Sired filly returned to the races on August 24 in a conditioned event, but made a break. However, the break would not be a sign of things to come, as Danielle Hall has recovered to put together three good starts since. In last week's Elegantimage elimination, Danielle Hall finished second over the 'Sloppy' track to Mission Brief, who won by 15 lengths and trotted in 1:54.1 over the track listed three-seconds off. "We were very happy to finish second and to get into the final," said Jamieson. "She's a work in progress; she's getting stronger and tighter all the time, but the trip Mission Brief went was a monstrosity, it was unbelievable." Danielle Hall was individually timed in 1:57.1 and Mission Brief's winning time was almost two-seconds faster than Muscle Baby Doll's 1:56 victory in the first elimination. "I looked at it compared to the other horses that raced in the other elimination and I think she's going to be competitive," said Jamieson. "I think we are all racing for second, hopefully we will be second, but if something happens and if she stays good and keeps progressing on she's got a shot to get good money for sure." Owned by Carl Jamieson and Thomas Kyron, Danielle Hall has missed each OSS Gold event this season, but a strong performance in the final Gold event on September 29 at Mohawk could earn her enough points to qualify for the Super Final. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe is also eligible to the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. While there is still plenty of money out there to be won, Danielle Hall could make up for the two-months she missed and grab a solid pay day Saturday. Jamieson is hopeful she can finish the year off strong. "She's a great mare, she tries her heart out all the time and just keeping our fingers crossed she stays good the rest of the year." By Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications

Deweylovernleaver heads to Friday's eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack with a three-race win streak, not to mention the admiration of trainer/co-owner Chris Beaver. "He could be as good as anything I've trained, from what I can tell right now," Beaver said. "He does it all very easy. He moves very easy; he's not pushing himself to do what he's doing. And he's very easy on himself in the barn. "He doesn't do anything wrong. He's a very complete horse all the way around." Deweylovernleaver, who has won three of five races for owners Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming, is in the first of two seven-horse Wellwood eliminations on Friday. He will be driven by Trevor Henry and is 9-1 on the morning line. Brooklyn Hill, who has finished second to Southwind Frank in three consecutive starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, is the 9-5 favorite in the division. David Miller will drive the colt for trainer Jonas Czernyson. Interestingly, Millstream Inc., which is Czernyson and his wife Christine, is the breeder of Deweylovernleaver. Southwind Frank is the 1-5 favorite in the second Wellwood elimination. He has won six of seven races this year for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Beaver-trained Smoke Monkey is also in the second division. He is 20-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the C$373,000 final on Sept. 19 at Mohawk. Deweylovernleaver is a son of stallion Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Solovesick. Beaver bought the colt for $12,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He finished third in his debut and fourth in his next start, when he was beaten by only a half-length despite racing on the outside for most of the mile. Since then, Deweylovernleaver has won three in a row on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit. "He wasn't getting great trips his first few starts; Trevor was taking it easy with him off the gate," Beaver said. "He had a tendency to grab on a little bit, so he was teaching him to race off the pace. His last few races he's gotten right into it and had it his way." Deweylovernleaver, who has earned $88,046 in purses, was scratched from a division of the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 4 at Mohawk because of illness. "We didn't want to take a chance," Beaver said. Smoke Monkey, a son of Majestic Son out of the mare Nashotah, has two wins in seven starts and is owned by Synerco Ventures. He went off stride in two consecutive Ontario Sire Stakes races, but has since posted a win, two seconds and a third in four starts. He has earned $46,434 overall. "We had a little trouble with him going in a straight line," Beaver said about Smoke Monkey, who was purchased under the name Sal's Son for $9,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was kind of a snaky horse, but very talented. I've got him rigged straight right now and he's staying off himself and trotting right now." Beaver was looking at a different yearling when he spotted Smoke Monkey at the sale. "I was looking at something and he walked by and caught my attention," Beaver said. "I watched his video and the video was really good. The dam hadn't produced anything yet, but I saw it was a different cross than the mare had seen before. I just liked the looks of him. I wouldn't say he's a fantastic looking horse, but he's better than average." In addition to the two Wellwood eliminations, Mohawk on Friday hosts two eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Mission Brief is the 1-5 morning line favorite in the second division, with Gingras driving for Burke, and Wild Honey is the 8-5 choice in the first division, with Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the C$404,000 final on Sept. 19. Mission Brief, who finished second in the Hambletonian Stakes, has won five of seven races this year. Wild Honey has won four of nine races this season, including the Hambletonian Oaks. Beaver's Smokinmombo is 8-1 in the first elimination. A daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo, she won four of her first six starts this year before finishing fifth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and seventh in the final. She has a win and a third in three starts since then. "She was getting a little sore in a stifle, getting a little out of rhythm," Beaver said. "I think she lost her confidence a little bit. She's very sound now, but I had to snug the hobbles back tight on her to get her confidence back. It took her a few trainings and starts to have it come back together for her. "We drew pretty tough (Friday). Mission Brief isn't in there, but everything else is pretty good in that race." Following are the fields for the Wellwood eliminations in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Elimination One: 1. Deep Impact, Steve Condren, Brad Maxwell, 5-1; 2. Frankly Speaking, Randy Waples, Mark Steacy, 12-1; 3. Deweylovernleaver, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 9-1; 4. Will Take Charge, James MacDonald, John Bax, 7-1; 5. Brooklyn Hill, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson, 9-5; 6. Tony Soprano, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 9-2; 7. Lean Hanover, Paul MacDonell, Mike Keeling, 3-1. Elimination Two: 1. Im A Mate, Don Dupont, Marie Dupont, 20-1; 2. Willyorwonthe, Mike Saftic, William Megens, 15-1; 3. Southwind Frank, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 1-5; 4. Marion Marauder, John Campbell, Mike Keeling, 6-1; 5. Adored By Masses, Sylvain Filion, Erv Miller, 10-1; 6. Zlatan, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1; 7. Smoke Monkey, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 20-1. Following are the fields for the Elegantimage eliminations in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Elimination One: 1. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5; 2. Juanitas Fury, Paul MacDonell, John Bax, 15-1; 3. Tymal Illbthere, Mario Baillargeon, Ervin Abdulov, 20-1; 4. Gatka Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke, 7-1; 5. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 8-1; 6. Elegant Serenity, Roger Mayotte, Roger Mayotte, 7-2; 7. Bee The Queen, John Campbell, George Ducharme, 15-1; 8. Muscle Baby Doll, Doug McNair, Tony O'Sullivan, 5-2. Elimination Two: 1. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 1-5; 2. Speak To Me, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 3. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1; 4. Magic Marker, Tim Tetrick, R. Nifty Norman, 15-1; 5. Stubborn Belle, Paul MacDonell, John Bax, 20-1; 6. Piscean, Jack Moiseyev, Clark Beelby, 20-1; 7. You're Majestic, Sylvain Filion, Tony O'Sullivan, 15-1; 8. Amoureuse Hanover, Mike Saftic, Brian Peterson, 20-1. Ken Weingartner 

SEPT. 8, 2015 - Magical Steph wrapped up the Grassroots regular season with a perfect harness racing record of four wins in four starts and heads into the Semi-finals off an impressive 1:56.4 score at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The two-year-old trotting filly and driver Steve Byron lined up behind Post 4 in the third Grassroots division and when the wings folded they went straight to the front. Rolling unchallenged through a :28 quarter and :58.4 half, the fan favourites shook off a challenge from Dayliner at the 1:28.1 three-quarters and sailed home to a five and one-half length win in a personal best 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter The Muscle Touch and challenger Dayliner finished second and third. "I was surprised how strong she was going to the wire, to tell you the truth," said Byron. "She did it on her own." The Thornton, ON resident has driven Magical Steph in all but one of her seven starts, guiding her to Grassroots victories over Grand River Raceway's half-mile oval on July 22, Georgian Downs's five-eighths mile oval on Aug. 8 and to a pair of wins over the seven-eighths mile surface at Mohawk, the first coming on July 30 and the second on Tuesday evening. In addition to her quartet of Grassroots wins, the Kadabra daughter won her elimination and finished second in the final of the Balanced Image Trot at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 22 and 29, and finished fourth in the first Gold Leg at Georgian Downs on July 12. "She's been a nice filly all year long, that's for sure," said Byron, who drives Magical Steph for trainer Gary Lance and GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. "They tried her in the first Gold at Georgian and she finished fourth, but he decided - she's a late foal and little on the small side - so he thought he'd go the Grassroots route. She's been pretty push button all summer." With her four-for-four record, Magical Steph leads the division point race with 200 and will be among the fillies to beat in the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-final. While her connections would prefer a favourable post, Byron has faith in the filly's versatility. She has won races from Posts 7, 8 and 9, with Tuesday's outing being the closest to the rail she has ever started in Ontario Sires Stakes action. "Obviously I'd sooner have a good post, but you know, she's pretty versatile," noted Byron. "That's the nice thing about her, she doesn't have to race on the front and she can race off cover just as well, I think. "She's a pretty nice filly," he added. Magical Steph The other Grassroots winners at Mohawk on Tuesday evening were Tymal Tempest, Myretirementticket, Jangone and Traviata. Tymal Tempest kicked things off in the first race, keeping a determined nose in front after a gritty trip in the outer lane. The Deweycheatumnhowe daughter and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON stopped the teletimer at 1:59.2, holding off Tough Affair and Shes In Gear. It was the first win of the season for Tymal Tempest, who logged one second, one fourth and one sixth in her other three Grassroots appearances. The win boosted the filly's point total to 86 and moved her from thirty-fourth in the standings to thirteenth, causing trainer Erv Abdulov and owner Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, ON to add the Sept. 17 Semi-finals to their calendar. Tymal Tempest In the second division Myretirementticket moved one step closer to delivering on the promise of her name for trainer, owner and breeder Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON. First up on the outside for much of the mile, the Cornaro Dasolo filly accelerated down the stretch to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:58. Majestic Presence and Windsongmusclelady finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the win, Myretirementticket's second in Grassroots action. In five appearances the filly posted two wins, one second, one fourth and one sixth for a total of 136 points and a share of fifth spot in the standings. Myretirementticket Jangone and trainer-driver Riina Rekila of Campbellville romped to a seven length win in the fourth division, recording a lifetime best 1:58.3. Herbe A Loral and Majestic Diva battled into second and third. Rekila conditions the Johnny William filly for Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville and guided Jangone to two wins, one second, one fourth, one seventh and one eighth in Grassroots action, accumulating 136 points. The filly heads into the Semi-final tied for fifth with Myretirementticket. Jangone Traviata captured the last Grassroots trophy of the evening with a late sprint that saw her get a head in front of fan favourite Powerful Glare at the wire. The battling leaders stopped the clock at 1:57.4, well ahead of third-place finisher Toss It Back. Trevor Henry made his second appearance of the evening in the Grassroots winner's circle; guiding Traviata to her second Grassroots win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. The Kadabra daughter wrapped up her season with two wins, one second and one seventh for 127 points and sole ownership of seventh in the division standings. Traviata The two-year-old trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 17 - along with the two-year-old trotting colts, pacing colts and pacing fillies - for their Grassroots Semi-finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a return trip to the Campbellville oval for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships. Ontario Horse Racing

Nichols, N.Y. -- Fresh off her upset in the Earl Rowe Memorial at Georgian Downs nine days ago, Rockin With Dewey ($5.40, part of entry) once again sustained a first-over bid en route to victory, collaring harness racing millionaire Classic Martine in a $40,000 Miss Versatility preliminary event on Monday (September 7) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   Away last in the field of five, the 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe commenced her rally with a circuit to go, beginning to advance as 3-5 favourite Classic Martine (Matt Kakaley) cleared the lead. After a :56.3 half mile, Bob McClure turned up the pressure with Rockin With Dewey, closing to within a length of Classic Martine through a 1:24.4 three-quarter sectional. The two dueled through the far turn, and Rockin With Dewey ultimately wore down her main adversary, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1.   Trainer Benoit Baillargeon co-owns Rockin With Dewey with Diane Ingham.   In addition to the Miss Versatility, the 13-race program featured a pair of sub-featured Open events--one for trotters and one for pacers.   The $14,000 Open Trot saw Bourbon Bay ($4.10) set blistering fractions, fully extended on the far turn but able to hold sway from Smoother Ride in 1:54.1. In the $14,000 Open Pace, JK Panache ($18.80) likewise controlled the terms, holding off the steadily advancing Rockeyed Optimist for a 1:50.2 triumph. John Cummings, Jr. handled the driving duties of both Open winners on the day.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Thursday (September 10) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

The harness racing meeting on Saturday night at Hanover Raceway wraps up its 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a Fan Celebration featuring a host of giveaways and five $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Early arriving fans will have their choice of an Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirt or ball cap when they purchase a program at the Kiosk, and those arriving closer to the 7:15 pm post time could catch a t-shirt or ball cap as they are tossed out trackside throughout the evening. In addition to the OSS-wear, one lucky fan will take home a 50-inch Smart TV package from HDTV in Hanover and Walkerton. Personalities from CKNX AM 920, 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic Rock will be on hand to visit with fans, award the Smart TV package to the prize winner, and present the trophy and blanket to each Grassroots division winner. To top off the festivities, fans will also be treated to live music by the Craig Dougan Band. Among those looking forward to the evening is trainer-driver Mark Etsell, who will send out sophomore trotting filly Tymal Signature from Post 4 in the third Grassroots division. "I like Hanover, it's a nice track, it's been good to me for years," said the former resident of Walkerton. "The surface is great and I always enjoy going there, even if it's just an overnight." Etsell, who currently resides in Rockwood, ON, shares ownership of Tymal Signature with Bob Newton of Walkerton and Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, and the horseman expects a crowd of friends and family will be on hand to support the filly's bid for one of 20 Semi-final berths. "Bob will be there and there will be a lot of people from the Hanover-Walkerton area. We seem to get lots of support that way," said Etsell. "A lot of people follow us still; it's going home kind of." With a pair of seconds and one fourth in her first three Grassroots appearances, Tymal Signature currently sits twenty-third in the division standings with 58 points. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Etsell's former racemare Blossom Seelster needs a few more points to extend her season through the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "I haven't looked at the standings, where she is exactly, but I am assuming if she's first or second it'll give her at least a shot," noted Etsell, adding that he has not had much luck in stake events at Hanover Raceway recently. Tymal Signature competed in the Dream Of Glory Eliminations on July 25 and finished fourth, failing to advance to the final, and her two-year-old stablemate Major Muscle won her Aug. 22 Balanced Image Elimination in a smart 2:00.3, then came up sick before the Final. "It hasn't been great to us, let's put it that way," said Etsell with a chuckle. "We were a little disappointed after last week, but that's how the ball rolls and you've got to take the bad with the good. "I was on the Board of Directors when we come up with those races, the Dream Of Glory and the Balanced Image, and I always wanted to win one, but maybe one of these days we'll get her done," he added. Tymal Signature will look to reverse Etsell's luck in Saturday's sixth race, where she faces six other fillies also hoping to pad their point tallies, including Pointe Of Inquiry, who will start from Post 2 for Arthur resident Wayne Henry. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wage their last regular season Grassroots battles in Races 1, 5, 6, 7, and 9 on Hanover Raceway's Fan Celebration night. Saturday's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:15 pm and the festivities get under way at 6 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- Making steady progress from just worse than midfield, Fleetwood Hall ($5.30) pushed clear of pacesetter Yankee Manny in mid-stretch to capture the featured $7,000 top-level conditioned trot on Saturday (August 29) evening at Vernon Downs.   Fleetwood Hall settled well off the pace in the initial stages, posing no threat until the middle stages of the race, when a first-over bid placed the 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding within 3-3/4 lengths of pacesetter Yankee Manny (Chris Lems) after a soft :58.4 half mile. Roman Lopez and Fleetwood Hall intensified the pressure on Yankee Manny coming off the far turn, forcing a :28.2 third quarter before ultimately pushing clear in mid-stretch. Fleetwood Hall drew off to a two-length victory over Yankee Manny, while Frisky Joe (Claude Huckabone, III) rallied late to take third from a tiring Ulster (Brian Russo).   Deedra Johnson trains Fleetwood Hall for the M T Stables, Inc.   Chris Lems led all drivers with four wins on the 10-race program.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (August 30) afternoon, with post time at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Trotters and distaff pacers shared the spotlight at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, and both $7,000 upper-level co-featured events saw decisive winners. The distaff pacing feature went to Pancakes ($3.00), a Heidi Rohr trainee who brushed to the lead after The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) clicked off a :27.4 initial quarter. After sweeping to the fore from third, the 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare drew clear of her five rivals, opening up a four-length lead through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pancakes held clear to the end of her 1:51.4 triumph, maintaining 3-1/4 lengths clearance over a mild late rally from runner-up Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore). Truman Gale drove Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel. While an odds-on favourite prevailed in the distaff feature, Fleetwood Hall ($21.40) scored a minor upset in the trotting feature, commencing his bid from worse than midfield once 3-5 favourite Verdi broke stride on the first turn. Roman Lopez moved the 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding off the pegs with well over a half mile to go, sustaining a bold first-over bid through the far turn before pushing clear of pacesetter Ulster (Brian Russo) after passing three-quarters in 1:26. Once he passed Ulster, Fleetwood Hall opened up in the final yards, ultimately putting 4-3/4 lengths on Ulster for a 1:54.4 score. Painite (Truman Gale) sustained a mild bid to take third. Deedra Johnson trains Fleetwood Hall for the M T Stables. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday (August 23) afternoon. Post time is 1:15 p.m. Eastern. James Witherite

After a two and a half month absence, three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle returned to the winner's circle on Wednesday evening, capturing her $105,000 Gold Series division at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway and causing trainer John Bax to hope history is about to repeat itself. "If she can stay healthy I'm hoping that she can kind of do what Riveting Rosie did last year, come on good at the end of the year," said Bax, who watched Riveting Rosie bank $409,180 in the last four months of her sophomore season. "I'm hoping this is deja vu because last year I had a lot of trouble with Riveting Rosie and she turned it around at Grand River, that was her first good race back, so I'm hoping the path is mapped out for her and she follows that." Stubborn Belle and driver Paul MacDonell followed a come-from-behind path on their way to Wednesday's victory. Starting from Post 6, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell eased the filly off the gate and had her settled on the rail in seventh when fan favourite All That Sparkles trotted by the opening quarter in :28. The pair remained at the rear of the main pack through the :57.3 half and then moved into the outer lane behind Amoureuse Hanover and Aspen California heading around the paddock turn. After following along in the outer lane through the 1:27.4 three-quarters, MacDonell sent Stubborn Belle out three wide and took aim on the leaders. The filly advanced steadily around the final turn and in the stretch she reeled in All That Sparkles, posting a neck victory in 1:58. All That Sparkles settled for second and Second Sister completed the top three. The win was Stubborn Belle's first since she swept the elimination and final of the WEG-SBOA Stake at Mohawk Racetrack in late May and Bax says the main obstacle in the Taurus Dream daughter's path back to the winner's circle has been her temperament, which matches her name. "If we turn her out with another horse she'll kick through the fence or get in a fight." "We try to be nice to her and pair her up with a horse, but if the mood strikes, the other horse has to watch out," explained the trainer. "She's always the one that kicks through the fence or kicks a board, kicks another horse." "My son Marshall named her." "We changed her name, and that's the name he figured she needed, and she's lived up to it," added the Campbellville resident. "It's a good thing she's a very good filly." Wednesday's victory improved Stubborn Belle's 2015 record to three wins and one third in seven starts and boosted her earnings to $167,430. At two, Stubborn Belle captured one Grassroots division and two Gold Series divisions, the Peaceful Way Final, and a division of the Champlain Stakes for earnings of $524,686. Bax, through his Parkhill Stud Farm, shares ownership of the filly with Al Libfeld of Pickering, ON. "Touch wood, she doesn't damage herself anymore this year, and it's onward and upward," said Bax, who is hoping the filly stays healthy for the Casual Breeze and Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk in the coming weeks. The other division saw Tymal Illbthere earn her first Gold Series trophy with driver Mario Baillargeon opting for a strategy similar to the one used by MacDonell. Starting from Post 5, the Milton, ON resident settled Tymal Illbethere into seventh spot, watching as Gee Okeefe rang up a :28.2 opening quarter. Heading by the :59.1 half Baillargeon shifted Tymal Illbethere into the outer lane and soon after the 1:29.1 three-quarters he moved her three-wide. Once she hit open racetrack Tymal Illbethere accelerated away to a four length victory in 1:58.3, besting Bax trainee Juanitas Fury and pacesetter Gee Okeefe. The win was Tymal Illbethere's first in Gold Series competition and her third of the season, boosting her sophomore earnings to $92,309. At two the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter was a Grassroots winner, earning $86,968 for breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, ON and Shawn Dixon of London, ON. Ervin Abdulov of London, ON conditions the filly. Their victories moved both Stubborn Belle and Tymal Illbethere into the top 10 in the Gold Series point standings, putting them into contention for a Super Final berth with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 29 at Mohawk Racetrack. The $250,000 Super Final goes postward Oct. 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. Next up on Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the last regular season Grassroots contest for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Photo attached: Three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle (6) edges out All That Sparkles (2) to earn her first Gold Series win of 2015 for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. (Iron Horse Photo) Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Grand River Raceway hosted Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration Night on Friday and fans that placed their trust in harness racing driver Trevor Henry did a whole lot of celebrating. The Arthur, ON resident won a pair of two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions, finished second in the other Gold division, and won three overnight races on the 11 race program. "I haven't driven there in a while, so it was nice to have a good night," said Henry, who switched his focus from driving at the province's smaller ovals to driving at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks in 2014. Henry kicked off his evening with a runner-up finish in the first $70,000 Gold division, ringing up fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:29.1 with Smoke Monkey before being caught in the stretch by Dunvegan Don. Fan favourite Adored By Masses finished third. "He's a nice colt. They had a lot of problems with him steering, he would always run in on the turns and he wasn't easy to drive, but Chris has got him figured out now," said Henry, who piloted Smoke Monkey for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. "Tonight was the best he ever drove so he'll probably only get better from now on." Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair piloted Dunvegan Don to his first victory, halting the Grand River teletimer at 1:58.2. Herbert Holland of Milton, ON owns and trains the Cornaro Dasolo colt, who finished third in the Aug. 7 Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack after a pair of disappointing outings in the first two Legs. "That horse has been quick since the start of the year, but was a little choppy gaited," explained McNair. "The last two starts he's been almost perfect. Herb has done a good job on him." The Trevor Henry show got under way in earnest in the second race when he piloted Ground Shaker to a win in a claiming event and then went back to the paddock to climb into the race bike behind two-time Gold Series winner Deweylovernleaver. Starting from Post 2 Henry fired the colt to the front and controlled the tempo through a :29.3 quarter, 1:00 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters. Henry then hit the accelerator and Deweylovernleaver accelerated down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a track record equalling 1:58.1. Fan favourite Tony Soprano settled for second and Unitaliano BI completed the top three. "He didn't have to work too hard, he kind of got everything his own way, but he trotted home a last quarter in :28," said the reinsman, adding that he feels the colt has not yet tapped his full potential. "He's a nice horse to drive and he doesn't do anything wrong." Chris Beaver trains Deweylovernleaver for his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son boasts a record of three wins and one fourth in Gold Series action and currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting colt division standings with 158 points. In the final Gold Series division Henry also lined up behind Post 2 with Mass Balance and opted for the same strategy. Taking early command, Henry and Mass Balance got away with a :30 quarter, 1:01.1 half and 1:32 three-quarters on their way to a 2:01.2 victory. Nofear Blue Chip was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, and favourite Will Take Charge was two lengths to the rear in third. Synerco Ventures Inc. also owns Mass Balance, who is trained by Rob Fellows of Rockwood. The Muscle Mass son started his season in the Grassroots program where he was a winner in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs. Moving up to the Gold Series level Mass Balance finished third at Georgian Downs on July 21 and fifth at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 7. "He's a nice colt," said Henry, adding that he appreciates the investment Synerco Ventures has made in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in recent years. "I drive a lot for Synerco Ventures, Costa (Athanassoulias), I've got to know him over the last couple years and I've driven quite a few horses for him." The reinsman completed his five-win evening in the seventh and eighth races, both claiming events, with Tomei Seelster and Delcrest Flexyhall. In addition to the Gold Series divisions and the driving clinic put on by Henry, 100 fans were treated to Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirts autographed by first-crop sire Big Jim and Hall of Fame stallion Camluck, who passed away recently at the age of 28, and all fans enjoyed the creativity on display in the Horse Name Costume Game. After some difficult deliberations judges Gayle O'Brien from DAVE-FM, Jenna Knox from Grand River Raceway's Booking Department and driver Ryan Holliday selected one adult and one 15 and under winner. In the adult category Becky Koeslag got the nod for her representation of Gold Series competitor Bee In Charge and Paula Turnbull was the judge's choice in the youth category for her Coal Black Shadow costume. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, Aug. 19 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

The beautiful evening at Ocean Downs opened with four early non-wagering events starting with the harness racing 2 YO filly trotters.   Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter-Pretty In Plaid) made it to the winners circle for the second time this summer in MD Standardbred Fund events for driver-trainer Oyvind Hegdal and owner Glat Kosher Racing trotting her mile in 2:01.1. Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Frank Milby driving Tiara (RC Royalty-Panarail) was on the move at the ¾ pole but was unable to catch Bold Dresser in time.   The colt/gelding trot was up next, with most of the freshmen acting up, Kent County (Deweycheatumnhowe-Duchess Of Kent) made a very strong showing on the track winning by almost 24 lengths in 2:01.2. Frank Milby got the driving assignment from trainer and co-owners Robert Shahan and Donald Marine. The breeder was Frederick Hertrich III. After an early break Roger Hammer was able to get High Octane (Donato Hanover-Gaytanes) back on stride to finish second.   In the first division of filly pacers, Breadcrumb Income (Nuclear Breeze-Rose Royce) charged down the stretch for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. to nip Use Your Noodle (Artzina-Lo Gophobia) at the wire in 2:00. Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Breadcrumb Income.   The second division of filly pacers produced a stakes and track record when Corey Callahan pulled Freeze Out (American Ideal-Mr Deli's Filly) going up the backside to take the lead and hold off a strong challenge by Miss Read (Shadow Play-Yahoos) with Vic Kirby in the bike. Time for the mile was 1:55.3. Erv Miller trains for owners Paymaq Racing and Leland Mathias, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The wagering card opened with the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Not content to sit third, driver Corey Callahan shot Power To Perform (Artzina-Shake Rattle Run) to the front before the half and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:57.4 over Canthelpbutwin (Artzina-Native Canadian). Kyle Morre trains for owner Donald Marine. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The Erv Miller-Corey Callahan connection proved successful once again in the final stake of the night the second division of colt/gelding pacers. Redneck Rally (American Ideal-Ms Harrington) took the lead from Lissilas (Rocknroll Hanover-Lismorebella) at the head of the stretch wining by two and a half lengths in 1:56.2 for owners Anthony Lombardi , Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger and breeder Winbak Farm. Corey Callahan picked up 4 wins for the night, 3 stakes and one overnight.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue Thursday night with 8 divisions of 3 year olds starting with non-wagering events at 6 pm. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will be in attendance making some winner circle presentations.   By Cheri Stambaugh

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