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Harness racing driver Doug McNair will be making his NA Cup driving debut and trainer Casie Coleman will be looking for her second Cup triumph when they send out Ontario Sired pacers Magnum J and morning line favourite Betting Line, respectively, in the $1 million race. Casie Coleman said she isn't the least surprised there are two Ontario Sired horses in Saturday's (June 18) $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, including her trainee Betting Line, the 5-2 morning line favourite, and Magnum J trained by Gregg McNair. "We've got great stallions, we've got great broodmares. We've got a really good program," Coleman said of the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "Here we are with two Ontario Sired horses in the final of the $1 million North America Cup -- two out of 10 with all those Somebeachsomewheres and other American sires that are very, very expensive... Hopefully, they show themselves well and people are wanting to buy Ontario Sired more." Betting Line, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Heather's Western, won the faster of the two NA Cup eliminations on Saturday, June 11 with a 1:49.1 victory that was three-quarters-of-a-length better than Lyons Snyder. Winning the elimination gave Coleman the right to pick her post for the final. She selected the post three on behalf of driver David Miller and her fellow owners Ross Warriner, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol, all from Ontario. They purchased Betting Line for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's 2014 yearling sale in Harrisburg, PA. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge ON, won the 2010 Pepsi North America Cup with Sportswriter, now a leading stallion in Ontario that stands at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, ON. "I'm lucky enough that I've been in enough of these big races now that it's just another race," she said when asked about the pressure a trainer feels the week of a big race. "Obviously, it's a million-dollar race, so it's a big one and we want to make sure we don't mess anything up, but it's the same daily routine that we always go through." Coleman said Betting Line, the winner of his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final a year ago, is primed and ready for Saturday's $1 million final. "He had a really good week," she said Thursday. "I trained him on Tuesday a couple of trips. He trained great and I went into the vet after he trained and everything looked really good. Blood was good and he's sharp, sound and healthy. Everything seems A1 right now." Magnum J will have a tougher assignment for the father-son training and driving team of Gregg and Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. The son of Big Jim out of Jamirotoy will start from post 10 in the 10-horse field. Doug will be making his North America Cup driving debut. "First or last it's going to be a good experience," Doug said. Even though the pressure's off having the outside post, Doug said he would "rather have had the pressure of having the one or two or three hole... than to have to come from the outside. But, I guess, it's only where you're starting from." Magnum J was purchased for $10,000 by Gregg McNair and Hanover, ON residents Tony Lawrence and William Brown at the 2014 Forest City Yearling Sale in London, ON. In 2015, the gelding won one of the premier events for Ontario Sired horses when he captured the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The pacer was saddled with the seven-hole in that race and Doug said Magnum J has been particularly unlucky with post positions. In Magnum J's last two starts, Doug has had to craft money-winning trips from far outside starting spots. Magnum J was fourth in his $75,000 Somebeachsomewhere division at Mohawk on June 4 from the 10-hole. A week ago, he started in the closed from eighth at the top of the stretch to be fourth in his $50,000 NA Cup elimination. "He couldn't race any better than he did the last two starts. He came home in :25.4 one day and he was probably six, seven wide in the stretch. Then last week he came home in:26.2 into a big, strong headwind," Doug said. As for working out a winning strategy in the $1 million final, Doug said he'll have to see how things unfold off the gate. "He can leave as fast as you want him to leave, but going for a million dollars you know they won't leave you alone on the front end. Everything is different behind the gate. It would be nice to get away at the back and have them go big fractions, but sometimes that's not the way it goes either. Play it by ear and hopefully we get lucky," he said. "It's just a bad post. He's as good as any horse in there, I think." Regardless, Doug said he's determined to make his first NA Cup drive a good experience. "I've got a bunch of my buddies coming out to watch. I still have a lot of high school buddies around. They don't understand racing, but they'll have fun being there. The race is on TSN2 and (Magnum J) is in the race. You've got no shot if you're not in it. It's the 10-hole, but it's better than being also eligible." Doug said he's also looking forward to driving Ontario Sired four-year-old pacing mare Solar Sister (Mach Three--Cabrini Hanover) in the $370,000 Roses Are Red final for owners and breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Horner of Toronto. Solar Sister won her Roses Are Red elimination on Saturday (June 11). "She's been really good, but that's a tough race. There's some good mares in there, but I got lucky and won it last year (with Lady Shadow) so it would be nice two years in a row," Doug said. As for Coleman, she said she is relishing Betting Line's success even more after deciding to downsize her stable. "Right now these smaller numbers are working for me. I'm actually making more money on my bottom line with smaller numbers. It's a lot less stress, less staff, fewer owners and fewer horses. I'm really enjoying how I'm doing it now," she said, adding she will enjoy herself even more if Betting Line wins the big one on Saturday. "Now he just needs the trip to work out and we'll see if we can get out picture taken," she said. by Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Racing

If recent form is any indication, Magnum J will be flying through the stretch in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. He will try to make harness racing history and land in the winner's circle. Magnum J, last year's Battle of Waterloo champion, will try to become the first horse to win the North America Cup from post 10 since the event moved from Greenwood Raceway to Woodbine in 1994 and then to Mohawk in 2007, a span of 22 races. He enters the Cup off a fourth-place finish in his elimination, where he started from post nine and rallied from last place with a :26.2 final quarter-mile to end up 1-1/4 lengths shy of winner Boston Red Rocks. His final quarter was four-fifths of a second better than any other horse in the field. A week earlier in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk, Magnum J started from post 10 and rallied from last place in the final quarter-mile, this time in :25.4, to finish fourth. He paced his back half in :53. Magnum J is 15-1 on the North America Cup morning line. Betting Line, who won the first of last week's two Cup eliminations in a career-best 1:49.1, is the 5-2 favorite for trainer Casie Coleman and driver David Miller. Boston Red Rocks, who won his elim in 1:50.3, is the 3-1 second choice, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Steve Elliott. "It would be good if he could be a little closer to the front end; I think he would still close good," said trainer Gregg McNair, who owns Magnum J with Tony Lawrence and William Brown. "He's not likely going to get that chance Saturday, so we'll probably have to race him the same way as the last two starts. "We'll just hope they go big fractions and something opens up and he maybe gets good money somehow. We'll see how things go." Magnum J won two of four races last year, with his final start coming in the Battle of Waterloo on Aug. 3 at Grand River Raceway. Soreness issues forced McNair to quit with the horse for the season, but the son of Big Jim-Jamirotoy trained back well this year. He finished seventh in his seasonal debut because of a breathing issue, but bounced back to win a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes in 1:53.2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. That victory was followed by his two starts from the outside posts in the Somebeachsomewhere and North America Cup elimination. McNair selected Magnum J, a $10,000 yearling purchase, at the 2014 Forest City Sale. The gelding has earned $132,476 in his career. "I wanted to try a Big Jim because he was a heck of a speed horse himself," McNair said. "Magnum J, he kind of caught my eye a little bit. He's been a good buy. It's too bad that we had to shut him down last year, and when he's real good this year he's not drawn good. "I really don't know how good he is. But he's a fast horse. Doug McNair, Gregg's son, is the regular driver of Magnum J. The McNairs will try to join the father-son team of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carl Jamieson to win the North America Cup. The Jamiesons accomplished the feat in 2011 with Up The Credit. "It's not impossible," Gregg McNair said. "It seems like that right now, but that's why they have the race. "He's got some other stakes this year," the trainer added, "but none for a million dollars." Following is the complete field for the Pepsi North America Cup in post order. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m.   Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup   1. Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 6-1   2. Lyons Snyder by Well Said  (Yannick Gingras - Mark Silva) 4-1   3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 5-2   4. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 3-1   5. Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron - Mark Silva) 12-1   6. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 10-1   7. Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven (Trevor Henry - Christopher Nicol) 20-1   8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Corey Callahan - Ron Burke) 15-1   9. Control The Moment by Well Said (Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell) 8-1   10. Magnum J  by Big Jim (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 15-1   AE: American Passport by American Ideal (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna)   By Ken Weingartner  

Deo Galileo became Canada's first harness racing two-year-old pari-mutuel race winner of 2016 with a strong maiden-crushing performance at Grand River Raceway on June 13. Leaving from post five, the colt cruised wire-to-wire to finish one-and-three-quarter lengths the best over eight sophomores in 2:00.1 . Driven by Doug McNair for trainer Gregg McNair, the son of If I Can Dream was a $22,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg for owners Wayne Mac Rae and Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. Kelly Spencer

Hannelore Hanover and Solar Sister notched Grand Circuit victories on closing day of the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet on Sunday (May 8).   The pair of $100,000 races were highlights of the 88th and final program of Miami Valley's third season, its most successful to date with huge increases above 20% in both average handle and total purses.   Hannelore Hanover kept her 2016 season perfect in her fifth start by wiring a classy field of North America's best older trotting mares in 1:52.3, a new track record for 4-year-old female squaregaiters. Despite facing a full field with lifetime earnings north of $4 million in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff, the winning daughter of Indiana sire Swan For All was dispatched as a prohibitive favorite, and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. guided her accordingly. Speeding off the wings of the starting gate, Hannelore Hanover and Macomber stopped the first-quarter beam in :27.1 and never looked back through subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3. At the head of the lane, it looked briefly as if the taxing fractions might doom the Ron Burke trainees fate, but when Macomber asked for a bit more Hannelore Hanover responded with a :29 flat final panel to seal a 1-3/4 length victory.   Charmed Life (Jody Jamieso) gave futile chase to finish second, while Daylon Miracle (Daniel Dube) raced gamely to finish just a quarter-length further back in third.   Hannelore Hanover increased her career bankroll to $405,324 with her 14th win in 26 lifetime starts. She is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino.   Solar Sister had to survive a lengthy judge's inquiry before being named the official upset winner of the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for the continent's top pacing mares. Although it appeared that Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair may have forced at least one other horse wider when they vacated the pylons down the backstretch, the judges ultimately decided that the confusion was caused by a tiring frontrunner (Lady Shadow) who was simultaneously drifting into the outer flow.   The winner left with alacrity to drop in behind Lady Shadow (Aaron Merriman) before the :26.2 quarter, then enjoyed a pocket ride through a :55.2 half before pulling going to the three quarter station. Solar Sister was first-over in second when the field sped past that 1:22.3 marker, then emerged victorious following a thrilling stretch drive that resulted in a three-horse photo finish in 1:51.2. Favorite Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube), who won the inaugural Noble Memorial in 2014 and still holds the distaff track record, was parked much of the mile and finished just a head behind, with Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) third across the wire, just another head behind in her first seasonal start.   Gregg McNair trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three for David Willmot and Clay Homer. She now sports 11 career triumphs and $681,387 in earnings.   A pair of $20,000 Opens were also contested on the getaway matinee card.   Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) topped Penn (Josh Sutton) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) in the trotting feature, clocked in 1:55.. It was the sixth win in a dozen 2016 starts for the 7-year-old son of Kadabra, who is owned by CC Racing LLC and trained by Tyler George.   Addys Way (Dan Noble) emerged from a stride-for-stride stretch duel with Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the top local pacing mares event in 1:52.1. OK Hallelujah (Jason Brewer) collected the show dough. Perkins Racing Stable LLC owns Addys Way, an 8-year-old Cambest mare, also trained by Noble. She now has an impressive 47 victories from 189 starts and is nearing $400,000 in bank deposits.   Gregg Keidel    

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 21 - The tag-team of McNair and Reid were unstoppable in Thursday's second round of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into two 10-horse $16,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week series. Driver Doug McNair and trainer Paul Reid teamed up to sweep both divisions with a pair of Bob Key homebreds. Hills Angel was looking for a repeat of her first leg win in the night's first division, but longshot Treasure Gifts K had different plans. Driven by McNair, Treasure Gifts K hustled off the wings of the gate to get away second at odds of 40/1. Miami Magic posted an opening-quarter of :28.4, but surrendered the lead in the second-quarter to Treasure Gifts K. Hills Angel, the 3/2 favourite, trotted along fourth and 10-lengths off the lead at the midway point. Treasure Gifts K posted fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.1 to lead the field turning for home, while Hills Angel was six-lengths back in third. In the stretch, Miami Magic and Hills Angel did their best to track down the leader, but Treasure Gifts K brought her 'A' game and scored a maiden-breaking victory by two-lengths in 1:56.3. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Treasure Gifts K is trained by Reid for owner Key. The sophomore trotting filly finished seventh in last week's first leg and was winless in three starts this year entering Thursday's contest. Treasure Gifts K was making her 20th career start Thursday and pushed her career earnings over $33,000 with the victory. She paid $81.70 to win. First-leg winners Windsong Magic and Wanaka headlined the second division, but just like Hills Angel, their winning momentum came to a stop thanks to McNair and Reid. Flowers N Songs left from post-ten for McNair and found an early seat in seventh, while Wanaka found the front to post an opening-quarter of :28. Windsong Magic came charging up from fourth as the tempo slowed down and took the lead at the half in :59.3. Outside flow developed entering the final-turn and McNair was able to place Flowers N Magic second-over. Windsong Magic posted a three-quarter time of 1:29.3 and led the field into the lane. In the stretch, Wanaka was trapped in behind Windsong Magic and unable to found clear racing room. Flowers N Songs was able to come off cover and surge to the lead in deep stretch for a length and a half victory in 1:57.4. Windsong Magic held on for second, while Wanaka split through late to grab third. Another daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Flowers N Songs picked up her fifth win of the season Thursday for owner/breeder Key. The sophomore trotting filly has finished either first or second in eight starts this season. Unraced as a two-year-old, Flowers N Songs has banked $46,050 this season. She paid $12.10 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. The Celias Counsel will wrap up next Thursday with the $33,200 final. The top-ten earners from the preliminary legs to enter will compete in the final. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Legion of Boom lowered the boom with a 42/1 harness racing upset in the Ontario Boys Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A compact field of six competed in the $45,000 final of the three week series event for Ontario sired four-year-olds. Headlining the group of six was a pair of Richard Moreau trainees. Cajon Lightning entered the final off a victory in leg one and a third in leg two, while Rafa looked to turn the tables after finishing second in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair left hard off the gate, but Rafa and Sylvain Filion also had the same strategy. McNair opted to drop in behind Rafa and take the two-hole trip. Rafa, who was 8/5, posted an opening-quarter of :27.1 and a half of :56. Outside challengers developed around the final turn with Mach Code first up and Cajon Lightning, the 4/5 favourite, second over. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24, Rafa led the field into the stretch looking for the gate-to-wire victory. In the stretch, McNair came off the pylons with Legion Of Boom and the 42/1 longshot grinded away at Rafa. Cajon Lightning also came charging with late speed and Half A Billion was flying from the back to make it a four-across finish. Legion Of Boom hit the wire first in 1:53.1 to win by a head over Cajon Lightning. Half A Billion finished a neck back in third, while Rafa was defeated by just a half a length, but finished fourth. A four-year-old son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom had just one win in six starts this season entering the Ontario Boys final. He finished sixth in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom is co-owned by driver Doug McNair, who shares ownership of the gelding with Equus Standardbreds Inc. Gregg McNair is the conditioner of the four-year-old. Saturday's victory was the sixth career win for Legion Of Boom and it increases his career earnings to over $92,000. The clocking of 1:53.1 also established a new career mark for the son of Artistic Fella. Legion Of Boom paid $86.20 to win. Legion Of Boom In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Much Adoo overcame post ten to capture the $44,600 Ontario Girls Series Final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in the finale of the three-week harness racing series event. Much Adoo was made the even-money favourite despite starting from post-ten. Debuting for trainer Nick Gallucci, Much Adoo captured a first leg division before skipping round two. Driven by Doug McNair, Much Adoo sprinted off the wings of the gate from the extreme outside and got the lead ahead of leg two winner Ainsleynoelle. The aggressive tactics forced the favourite to pace a :26.1 opening-quarter. After reaching the half in :55.1, Much Adoo was confronted around the final turn by a first-over Mach Magic. The public's choice carried a narrow lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, McNair called upon his charge for all she had and the four-year-old pacing mare responded. Much Adoo held off her challengers to win by a length in 1:53.2. Show Some Leg, who was fourth turning for home, got up for second, while Ainsleynoelle's pocket journey ended in a third-place finish. Double Olives, who won the Blizzard Series final in January, rallied from tenth at the top of the stretch to finish fourth. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo extended her current win streak to three Saturday. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. With Saturday's win, Much Adoo now has eight career victories and $119,746 in earnings. This season, she has won three of five starts and banked over $45,000. Much Adoo paid $4.10 to win. Much Adoo The Ontario Boys second leg was also contested Saturday night. The second round was delayed a week after last Saturday's card was cancelled due to extreme cold temperatures. Leg one winner Cajon Lightning was sent off as the even-money favourite, while stablemate Rafa was a close second choice. The Richard Moreau trainees controlled the front-end throughout the mile. Rafa posted an opening-quarter of :27.3, but Cajon Lightning, who was parked to the quarter, swept by to grab command entering the backstretch. Sylvain Filion was not content to sit the pocket and retook the lead with Rafa at the half in :55.2. Around the final turn, Sports Lightning came first-up to within a length of the leader, while Half A Billion, who originally got away last, sat second-over and Cajon Lightning backed away in the two-hole. Rafa kept the tempo honest by posting a three-quarter time of 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rafa dug in trying to maintain the lead, but he could not fight off Half A Billion, who surged by late for driver Jody Jamieson at odds of 21/1. The upset winner stopped the clock in a career-best 1:52.3 for a half length victory. Rafa finished second, while Cajon Lightning came back on in the stretch to grab third. A son of Sportswriter, Half A Billion is trained by Corey Giles for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Germain Chabot. The four-year-old came into the second leg off a third-place finish in round one. Half A Billion now has two wins in six starts this season and seven career victories overall. The Giles trainee pushed his career bankroll over $81,000 with Saturday's victory. Half A Billion paid $45.10 to win. Half A Billion In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys and Girls series, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Saturday's card also featured another edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nickle Bag came into Saturday's Preferred riding a three-race win streak and exited with that streak still intact. The Bill Robinson trainee was driven to victory by Trevor Henry. Nickle Bag got away fifth in the field of six and would eventually pick up cover from Nirvana Seelster entering the final turn to sit second-over turning for home. In the stretch, Nickle Bag powered by his rivals on the outside to win by a length and a half in 1:50.4. Nirvana Seelster finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag has now won five of seven starts in 2016. The Robinson trainee has 24 career victories and earnings exceeding $541,000 for owners Linda Loyens and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3.10 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine with the $50,000 General Brock series final highlighting the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Winter harness racing action ramped up Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with round one of The Count B and Ontario Girls Series. Each series featured a pair of divisions for their opening leg. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 The Count B divisions, while 15 Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in two $18,000 Ontario Girls splits. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw the first split go to a newcomer north of the border. War N Munn went gate to wire for a 1:54.1 victory. The son of Stonebridge Regal shipped in from the Kerin Warner barn into the care of trainer Carmen Auciello. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn fired out to the front and got to dictate the pace. After posting panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2, War N Munn opened up several lengths of separation and cruised home in :28.4 for a 6¾ lengths victory. St Lads Charger, who sat fourth for the majority of the mile, finished second, while New Standard came from last to finish third. War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma. The sophomore pacer was making his 2016 debut after winning two of nine starts as a rookie for earnings of $43,011. War N Munn established a new career mark with his 1:54.1 victory. He paid $10.10 to win. War N Munn The combination of Drury and Auciello appeared to have a good shot to sweep The Count B first leg, as they teamed up with the 3/5 favourite Big Bang Boom in the second split. Drury stepped on the accelerator at the start and blasted Big Bang Boom to the lead. The Auciello trainee went untouched through solid fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.1 to lead by almost five-lengths turning for home. Three Truths, the 7/2 second choice, came out from fifth around the final turn for driver Sylvain Filion and sat seven-lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Big Bang Boom ran out of steam at the eighth-pole and was swallowed up by a hard-charging Three Truths, who stopped the clock in 1:55.1. Gotti finished two-lengths back in second, while Big Bang Boom held on to hit the board in third. A son of Shadow Play, Three Truths is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Ratchford Stable and Brian Shebib. The Count B opening leg victory is the first win in four starts this season for the sophomore pacer. Three Truths won three of eighth starts last season and now has a career bankroll of $23,060. Friday's clocking of 1:55.1 established a new career mark for the son of Shadow Play. Three Truths paid $9.50 to win. Three Truths The Ontario Girls Series kicked off with a fantastic stretch duel in the first division. Much Adoo, the 9/5 favourite, got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead in the second-quarter by driver Doug McNair. Fresh off her Blizzard Series victory, Double Olives found a seat in fourth and sat there until angling out first-over just after the half. Much Adoo posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25, while Double Olives pulled to within less than a length of the lead turning for home. In the stretch, the public's top two choices went toe-to-toe with Much Adoo holding off a battling Double Olives to win by a length in 1:54. Pinky Tuscadero, who sat second-over turning for home, finished third. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo picked up her second win in three starts this season for trainer Cody Henry. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Much Adoo increased her career earnings to over $97,000 with her seventh career victory Friday. She paid $5.90 to win. Much Adoo In the second division, Amazing Control came through as the even-money favourite for a 1:55.1 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Amazing Control was able to get a pocket trip in behind Twin B Sweetheart. The leader cut out fractions of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.3, while Amazing Control was primed to pop the pocket in the lane. In the stretch, Jamieson pulled on the right line and Amazing Control powered by Twin B Sweetheart to win two-lengths. Tilkum finish third. A daughter of Shadow Play, Amazing Control is trained by Meg Crone for owners Hutt Racing Stable. The four-year-old pacing mare now has two wins in four starts this season. Amazing Control increased her career earnings to over $83,000 with her fourth career victory Friday. She paid $4.20 to win. Amazing Control The Count B and Ontario Girls Series resume next Friday (February 12) with round two. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015, were eligible to the Ontario Girls Series. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Pompano Beach, FL...January 6, 2016...The "swan song" for Precocious Beauty, now on her way into a new career as a broodmare, was spoiled on Wednesday night at Pompano Park in the $12,000 Open Handicap for the harness racing mares when Safe From Terror, driven by Matt Romano, slipped through along the pylons a sixteenth out to score a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length over Precocious Beauty, with Doug McNair in the bike. Just A Bee and Mike Micallef teamed up from the outside nine post to garner show honors while Wild Wanda and Arodasi picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. As the wings folded, Safe From Terror was away very alertly from post two with Precocious Beauty (post four) on the engine, as well, with Just A Bee surging up from the outside to secure a close up spot in third ahead of Wild Wanda and Arodasi. Around the opening turn, Precocious Beauty assumed command and took her rivals through a hot opening panel of :26.4. With no challenges developing during the second quarter, Precocious Beauty was able to get a :29.3 breather to reach the half in :56.2. Right at that half-way station, Wild Wanda was on the move and sprinting seriously on the backside, denting an official :26.4 third panel-hers being :26.2-and moved within a length of Precocious Beauty at the third station in 1:23.1 with Safe From Terror sitting chilly along the pylons turning for home. In the lane, Precocious Beauty drifted out ever so slightly allowing Safe From Terror the room to roam along the inside to secure the win in 1:51.3. After the event, driver Matt Romano said, "Lulu's (trainer Luanna Besson) mare has been very good the last couple of starts, especially the last one where she paced home in :27.3. "Tonight, she proved her mettle and, with a picture perfect journey, was able to get the job done. Ya know, she's won almost a half million (dollars) so you know that she's got talent." Owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Safe From Terror, a four year-old daughter of Western Terror, won for the 13th time in 35 lifetime starts to send her career bounty to $489,622. Overlooked at 15 to 1 on the tote-board, Safe From Terror paid a handsome $32.00 mutuel to her $2 backers. Precocious Beauty, meanwhile, was certainly not disgraced by her performance this night and closes out her brilliant racing career with earnings of $838,004 to go along with her mark of 1:50.1. In the $9,500 supporting feature for mares, Velocity Vespa, driven by Kevin Wallis for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Susan Oakes, scored a gate-to-wire win in a lifetime best 1:50.4, cutting panels of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:23 in the process. This six year-old daughter of I Scoot Hanover, pinned a 4¾ length defeat on Art Frenzy (Aaron Byron) with Sandysgoldenhour (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) third, 6¾ lengths away. Jinxy's Delight finished fourth while De Vins Girl picked up the nickel. Velocity Vespa now sports a 23-12-12 scorecard in 98 lifetime starts good for $172,987. As the 3 to 5 choice, Velocity Vespa returned $3.20 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $14,651.17 awaiting. Post time is 7:30 p.m. NOMINATIONS DUE FOR POMPANO LATE CLOSERS With the Late Closer season continuing at Pompano Park, a reminder that the following nominations are due by January 15, 2016 as outlined below: Event #1.  “The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park” Open Pacing Series Nominating Fee: $1,000 due January 15, 2016 First Leg………Sunday, February 14, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Second Leg….Sunday, February 21, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Third Leg……..Sunday, February 28, 2016….Purse: $12.500G FINAL…………..Saturday, March 5, 2016………Purse: $75,000A Estimated Final Purse: $100,000 Note: To be eligible to the Event Final, horses must start in at least two legs. (Winners over $200,000 in 2015 NOT ELIGIBLE)   Event #2. “The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Open” Trotting Series Nominating Fee: $1,000 due January 15, 2016 First Leg……….Monday, February 15, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Second Leg….Monday, February 22, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Third Leg……..Monday, February 29, 2016.…Purse: $12,500G FINAL…………..Saturday, March 5, 2016………..Purse: $60,000A Estimated Final Purse: $80,000 Note: To be eligible to the Event Final, horses must start in at least two legs. (Winners over $200,000 in 2015 NOT ELIGIBLE)   Event #3. “The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park” Fillies and Mares Open Pacing Series Nomination Fee: $1,000 due January 15, 2016 First Leg………Saturday, February 13, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Second Leg…Saturday, February 20, 2016….Purse: $12,500G Third Leg…….Saturday, February 27, 2016….Purse: $12,500G FINAL…………..Saturday, March 5, 2016…………Purse: $60,000A Estimated Final Purse: $80,000 Note: To be eligible to the Event Final, horses must start in at least two legs. (Winners over $200,000 in 2015 NOT ELIGIBLE)   Event #4. “The Tweedle Dum” Trot Nomination Fee: $500 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $20,000) First Leg……….Tuesday, February 16, 2016…..Purse: $10,000G Second Leg….Tuesday, February 23, 2016…..Purse: $10,000G FINAL……………Tuesday, March 1, 2016………..Purse: $12,500A Estimated Final Purse: $20,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $20,000 (Any horse claimed from series does not receive points earned by different connections)   Event #5. “The Baron Lancer” Pace Nomination Fee: $500 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $20,000) First Leg…………Sunday, February 21, 2016….Purse: $10,000G Second Leg……Sunday, February 28, 2016….Purse: $10,000G FINAL…………….Saturday, March 5, 2016……….Purse: $12,500A Estimated Final Purse: $20,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $20,000 (Any horse claimed from series does not receive points earned by different connections)   Event #9. “The Chucaro Ahijuna” Trot Nomination Fee: $300 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $10,000) First Leg…………Wednesday, January 27, 2016…..Purse: $7,000G Second Leg……Wednesday, February 3, 2016…...Purse: $7,000G FINAL……………..Wednesday, February 10, 2016…Purse: $9,500A Estimated Final Purse: $15,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $10,000 (Any horse claimed from series does not receive points earned by different connections)   Event #11. “The Central Park West” Pace Nomination Fee: $250 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $8,000) First Leg……………Saturday, January 30, 2016……Purse: $6,500G Second Leg………Saturday, February 6, 2016……Purse: $6,500G FINAL………………..Saturday, February 13, 2016…Purse: $8,500A Estimated Final Purse: $14,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $8,000 (Any horse claimed from the series does not receive points earned by different connections)   Event #12. “The Midnite Hardy” Pace Nomination Fee: $250 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $8,000) First Leg…………..Monday, February 1, 2016……Purse $6,500G Second Leg……..Monday, February 8, 2016……Purse $6,500G FINAL……………….Monday, February 15, 2016…Purse $8,500A Estimated Final Purse: $14,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $8,000 (Any horse claimed from the series does not receive points earned by different connections)   Event #15. “The Battleground” Trot Nomination Fee: $200 due January 15, 2016 (Claiming $6,000) First Leg…………Wednesday, February 17, 2016….Purse $5,500G Second Leg…….Wednesday, February 24, 2016…Purse $5,500G FINAL……………..Wednesday, March 2, 2016……….Purse $7,500A Estimated Final Purse: $12,000 Note: Base claiming price for both legs and final is $6,000 (Any horse claimed from the series does not receive points earned by different connections) All payments should be made payable to PPI, Inc. and sent to: Greg DeFrank, Racing Secretary Racing Office, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park 1800 SW Third Street Pompano Beach, FL 33069 by John Berry for Pompano Park                      

TORONTO, December 4 - Brinkers Dream and Aniston Seelster won their respective harness racing Autumn Series Finals Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The $36,800 three-year-old filly trot and $37,800 three-year-old filly pace Autumn Series Finals highlighted Friday's 11-race card. A pair of scratches, including leg one and two winner The Murmuring Pan, left a field of eight for the filly trot final and Brinkers Dream seized the opportunity at 24/1. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Brinkers Dream trotted out strong to take the lead and post an opening-quarter of :28.2. Tymal Fireitup, a leg two division winner, was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite and got away fourth in the early stages. Brinkers Dream got her own way in the second-quarter and took the field by the half in :58. Around the final turn, MacDonell opened up a sizeable lead with Brinkers Dream and the leader stormed the third-quarter in :27.4 to hold a six length lead turning for home over a first over Tymal Fireitup. Brinkers Dream strides shortened in deep stretch, but her big lead was too much for her rivals to overcome, as she scored a 1¾ length victory in 1:56.1. Aspen California rallied from the back to nose out Tymal Fireitup for second. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Brinkers Dream entered the Autumn Series Final off a fifth and a second in the preliminary legs. She is trained by John Bax and owned by Bax Stable and Dave Hudson. The Autumn Series victory is the second win in 23 starts this season for Brinkers Dream. Her career earnings now sit at over $55,000 and the clocking of 1:56.2 knocked a fifth of a second off her previous career-mark. A $2 win ticket on Brinkers Dream returned $51.10. Brinkers Dream Aniston Seelster had to work for the lead early, but that was the spot to be in the $37,800 pacing filly final. Driven by Doug McNair, Aniston Seelster, the 6/5 favourite, sprinted off the wings of the gate with Much Adoo, the second-choice at 2/1, matching each stride to her inside. The two favourites went toe-to-toe for the length of the stretch, before Aniston Seelster edged by to take command at the opening-quarter. Aniston Seelster had to pace a :25.4 first-quarter to get the lead, but that turned out to be the winning move. McNair was able to get middle-fractions of :56.2 and 1:27.2 to set up a final-quarter sprint. In the stretch, Aniston Seelster powered home in :28.3 and was able to hold off Much Adoo from the two-hole and a late surge from Pinky Tuscadero up the rail for a three-quarter length victory in 1:56. Pinky Tuscadero, who was eighth turning for home, charged up the rail to nose out Much Adoo for second. A daughter of Mach Three, Aniston Seelster is trained by Gregg McNair for owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin. The sophomore pacing filly finished first and second in the Autumn Series preliminary legs. Aniston Seelster now has seven wins in 21 starts this season after going winless in five starts as a rookie. The Autumn Series final victory pushes the Rankin's filly over the $100,000 earnings mark to $107,840. The McNair trainee paid $4.50 to win. Aniston Seelster In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. Mark McKelvie

There are 27 Ontario Sired Breeders Crown finalists racing at Woodbine Saturday night, including homebred elimination winner Solar Sister trained by Gregg McNair and driven by his son, Doug, who are both looking for their first harness racing Breeders Crown victory. Veteran Ontario trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph said he would love nothing more than to win the Breeders Crown with his son, Doug, in the sulky and ultra-talented Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing filly Solar Sister leading them to the winner’s circle Saturday at Woodbine. It would be the first Crown victory for either McNair. “I’ve had a few Breeders Crown starts and it’s awfully good to just have them race well and get money, but with that horse and with Doug driving her, it would be a great thrill to win it,” Gregg said. Solar Sister is one of 27 Ontario Sired horses racing in the 12-race, $7.6 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine and one of the best. No horse, regardless of gait or gender, earned more money in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program in 2015 than Solar Sister, which is only fitting since she’s the product of a royal Ontario family going back to her Ontario Sired graddam Cathedra, one of the greatest mares in the history of harness racing. “You don’t have to be up on the horses too much to know the family,” Gregg said. Solar Sister, a homebred owned by David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Horner of Toronto, earned $317,150 of her seasonal total of $507,494 in the OSS competition, where she won three Gold Series legs and the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. But after a lacklustre fourth-place finish on Oct. 1 in a Gold Series leg at Flamboro Down, Gregg said he knew something was wrong. At first he thought it was the fact the daughter of Mach Three out of the millionaire Cabrini Hanover had not raced in almost a month. Then he discovered a foot injury. “It was quite a mess,” Gregg said. “Either some gravel or maybe she hit it one time in the field or something. I don’t know what it was, but she was really sore on it. You wouldn’t have been able to race her. She wasn’t just a little off, she was a lot off.” Gregg said the injury healed the week before the Super Finals. “Touch wood, she’s been good ever since,” he said. Last Saturday, Solar Sister posted a one-length victory over Frost Damage Blue in 1:52.1 in their Crown elimination. “We didn’t have a lot of work in her before the Super Finals,” Gregg said. “We didn’t have her quite as tight as she should have been, so I’m expecting a pretty good effort Saturday.” Solar Sister will start from post three in the fourth race, going for a Breeders Crown purse of $648,700. She’s the second choice in the morning line at 7-2 behind Joe Holloway’s trainee Divine Caroline (2-1). Solar Sister will not only be trying to win a first Crown for the McNairs, she will also be trying to avenge her mother’s two Breeders Crown defeats. In 2005, Cabrini Hanover, finished second by a neck to Belovedangel in the Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace at the Meadowlands. The year before, she was leading at the top of the stretch in the Crown final for two-year-old pacing fillies and finished fifth. Cabrini Hanover was originally purchased for $350,000 as a yearling at the 2003 Standardbred Horse Sales Company sale in Harrisburg, PA by Willmot and his close friend Bob Anderson of St. Thomas, ON. When Anderson died in 2010, Horner bought into Cabrini Hanover. Shortly after that, the decision was made to breed Cabrini Hanover to Mach Three. The resulting foal was Solar Sister, named after a clean energy movement for women in Africa. Willmot also has an advanced solar energy project at his Kinghaven Farm. “We were coming off a pretty good season and she was bred in Ontario, so we got the opportunity to train her. It’s sure something to train something out of that family,” said Gregg, who hadn’t trained for Willmot or Horner prior to Solar Sister. “I would say we raced her a few times early as a two-year-old probably thinking she was fairly average. We really didn’t know she was having a tie-up issue. We were part way through her two-year-old season when we figured it out. She finished off really good last year as a two-year-old… She was fairly close to (U.S. and Canadian Horse of the Year) JK Shesalday at the end of the year.” Solar Sister did indeed finish second, one-and-a-half lengths behind JK Shesalady in the $424,000 final of the Three Diamonds on Oct. 25, 2014 at Woodbine. She ended the year with a record of 2-3-4 in 13 starts, earnings of $214,828 and a mark of 1:54. This year, she is 8-2-1 in 15 starts and a mark of 1:50.3 earned at Mohawk on July 2 in a Gold leg. “Obviously David and I are very pleased with her season and in particular her last two starts,” Horner wrote in an email. “She loves Woodbine (two wins this year and her two seconds to JK Shesalady in Three Diamonds last year) and has a great post.” If she does win the Breeders Crown, Solar Sister would enhance her chance to win an O’Brien Award as Canada’s top sophomore pacing filly of 2015. “If she is fortunate enough to win the O'Brien, she would be the third straight generation on the female side to win, which would be very special,” wrote Horner, adding it would be the sixth O’Brien Award in Solar Sister’s talented clan, counting the male side. Dave Briggs Ontario Horse Racing

Solar Sister and harness racing driver Doug McNair came right back from an impressive victory in last week's Ontario Sire Stakes Super final to capture the first of two US$25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown sophomore pacing filly division. In a wide-open and competitive event Solar Sister was sent off as the 7-2 second choice and McNair left enough in the early stages to get a three-hole as first The Show Returns blasted to the front and then was passed by Southwind Roulette with driver Yannick Gingras. Southwind Roulette took the field to the quarter in :27 1/5 and virtually walked to the half in :57 flat as the outside flow was slow to materialize. Bettor Be Steppin, the lukewarm favorite in the field of nine pulled but awaited cover and once past the half Solar Sister was taken to the outside by McNair and the race began. Tracking second over cover was the undefeated Frost Damage Blues with Bettor Be Steppin third over. Solar Sister reached even terms with the pacesetting Southwind Roulette as the third quarter was blitzed in :27 3/5. The well-bred daughter of Mach Three hit high gear for McNair in the homestretch and sprinted away from the leaders winning comfortably in 1:52 1/5. Frost Damage Blues lost for the first time in her brief career but was a solid second earning a trip to the final. Southwind Roulette held on for third with The Show Returns finding space between horses to get fourth with Bettor Be Steppin narrowly nosing Wicked Little Minx from a spot in the rich final. McNair, who guided Solar Sister for his dad, trainer Greg McNair, and owners David Wilmot and Clay Horner was quite happy with the way the trip worked out for the filly. "I was able to sit with her for five-eighths of a mile. She's actually very good coming from off the pace," McNair said.   The victory was the eighth of the season in 15 starts for Solar Sister, a homebred.   Solar Sister     Jay Bergman

Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 15, 2015 - Ontario Sires Stakes post season action gets under way at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening with eight Grassroots Semi-Finals for the harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers. Trainer Blake MacIntosh won the two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots Championship in 2014 with Star Cover and the Cambridge, ON resident will send out two hopefuls on Thursday, including two-year-old pacing filly division leader Sports Expert. "She's feeling really good. She trained well this morning (Sept. 15) and we're really happy with the way she's going into the race," said MacIntosh of Sports Expert. "She had an easy race Saturday night; she got away last in the Champlain and closed hard and just missed a cheque. I wasn't happy we didn't get a cheque, but I was happy with the way she raced." In her four regular season Grassroots starts Sports Expert posted three wins and one second, clocking a personal best 1:54.2 in the Sept. 1 event at Mohawk. The daughter of Sportswriter and Lyons Mandi has seven starts under her belt and has banked $34,000 for MacIntosh and his partners Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, ON and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. "They're good people. They're always supportive of whatever I decide to do with the filly and they follow her very closely," said MacIntosh of the ownership group. "Joe Intine (of Touch Stone Farms) and his wife (Barbara) are always at every race, they come to the barn once or twice a week and follow her very closely and are very involved with the horse. The 30 Plus group (Andy, Stan and Tim Klemencic) has come up a couple times, but they live in Trenton so it's harder for them to get up here." MacIntosh expects a solid group of supporters will be on hand when the filly lines up at Post 3 in the first $20,000 two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final on Thursday. Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair will be in the race bike as the filly aims for a top five finish and a berth in the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. McNair and Sports Expert will battle a field of nine challengers in Race 5, with the second two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final slated for Race 8. In addition to Sports Expert, MacIntosh will also harness a son of Sportswriter, Sporty Mercedes, in the first two-year-old pacing colt and gelding Semi-Final. Sporty Mercedes heads into the race off a fifth-place finish in the Sept. 7 event at Grand River Raceway, but MacIntosh is cautiously hopeful that the gelding is poised to deliver a stronger effort on Thursday. "Sporty Mercedes, he's been a bit of a disappointment this year. After we gelded him he had two good races and we were pleased, we thought we had him on the right track, and then he got loose on the groom trying to load him just before Georgian (Aug. 23) and he banged himself up and he just hasn't been the same since," the trainer explained. "Now, saying that, he trained the best he's trained in a while this morning (Sept. 15). "We were high on him during the winter time and he's sort of been a bit of a disappointment, but hopefully we can get him to the final and things will come around for him," MacIntosh continued. "He's a colt we paid into the Metro, and paid into everything else. He's not a Metro horse, but hopefully he can be a good Grassrooter." In four Grassroots starts Sporty Mercedes garnered one win, one fourth, one fifth and one eighth to finish eighteenth in the point standings. The gelding recorded his personal best 1:55.1 in the Aug. 13 Grassroots test at Rideau Carleton Raceway and has banked $15,740 for MacIntosh and his partners Dan and Kim Sergeant of Straffordville, ON. Sporty Mercedes will make his bid for a top five finish from Post 3 in the sixth race with Iona Station, ON resident Alfie Carroll in the race bike. The second two-year-old pacing colt and gelding Semi-Final will go postward as Race 10, wrapping up the evening's Grassroots action. The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings kick off Mohawk Racetrack's Thursday evening program at 7:25 pm in Race 1 and are also featured in Race 9, while the two-year-old trotting fillies wage their Semi-Final battles in Races 2 and 3. Grassroots post season action continues at the Campbellville oval on Friday with eight Semi-Finals for the three-year-old trotters and pacers. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial. A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week. A talented pack of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies, highlighted by superstar Mission Brief, were split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes. World champion Mission Brief scored a dominating 15 length victory over the 'Sloppy' track in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill flashed good early speed to sprint out to the front. Once on the lead, Mission Brief got to call her own shots posting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, the superstar filly pulled away from her rivals with ease and left them in another area code. Mission Brief stopped the timer in 1:54.1, three-seconds better than second-place finisher Danielle Hall. Magic Marker, Youre Majestic and Amoureuse Hanover rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Following the race, Gingras said Mission Brief was a bit fired up Friday evening and he was trying to stretch her out for her first start in three-weeks. "She was a little bit grabby in the post parade, so when she got off on the right foot I figured I would just let her go," he said. "I just wanted to stretch her out, like I said she was a little bit too sharp and try to get the edge off of her a little bit. "She hasn't raced that many times this year, so it was not like it was going to hurt her. The plugs were still in and she had plenty left and it was just a matter of trying to get her tight for next week." Mission Brief has now won six of eight starts this season, including a heat of the Hambletonian. Burke added trotting hopples to his star filly in July to help her with some issues, but it appears they may not be need for much longer. "She's safe now, she's comfortable and she's confident and she's sound," said Gingras. "After next week the plan is to take them off and then go to Lexington, but we will see how it goes." Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday night's win was the 15th career victory for the winner of over $1.1 million. Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win. Mission Brief In the first elimination, Muscle Baby Doll stretched her current win streak to seven in a row with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Muscle Baby Doll left from post eight and took a seat early in sixth. Wild Honey, the even-money favourite, circled around from the two-hole to take command after the half in :57.2. Muscle Baby Doll began making up ground on the outside and was able to catch the cover of Elegant Serenity around the final turn. Wild Honey posted a three-quarter time of 1:27. In the stretch, Muscle Baby Doll flipped off cover and trotted up a storm to overtake the lead and score a length and a quarter victory over Wild Honey. Elegant Serenity finished third, while Bee The Queen and Smokinmombo were fourth and fifth, respectively. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Muscle Baby Doll has dominated the Ontario Sires Stakes scene this season and also has a Grand Circuit victory on her resume. The daughter of Muscle Mass now has eight wins from nine starts this season and 12 victories overall. Muscle Baby Doll was purchased by F Bellino And Sons LLC., early in her two-year-old season, as she raced on the Iowa fair circuit. Muscle Baby Doll career earnings now exceed $400,000. She paid $5.20 to win. Muscle Baby Doll A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were separated into two $30,000 eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. In the first division, Deep Impact prevailed in a stretch duel over the 4/5 favourite Brooklyn Hill. Deep Impact and driver Steve Condren got away early in third, but quickly came to the outside nearing the opening-quarter to take the lead. Brooklyn Hill sat second on the back off Deep Impact passed the half in :59.1. Around the final turn, Brooklyn Hill came to the outside for driver David Miller to confront the leader. The colts were toe-to-toe at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1 setting up a stretch battle. In the lane, Deep Impact refused to give up the lead and fought tough at the rail to defeat Brooklyn Hill by half a length in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano and Lean Hanover finished up well to grab third and fourth, while Will Take Charge finished fifth to secure a spot in the final. A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact scored his third career victory Friday evening for trainer Brad Maxwell. The rookie trotter was making his fifth start and increased his earnings to over $41,000 with the win. Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp., Tim Murray and Doug Millard. The Maxwell trainee paid $7 to win. Deep Impact Southwind Frank extended his win streak to six in a row with a 1:56.3 victory in the second split. Sent off as the 1/9 favourite, Southwind Frank and driver Gingras got away in the three-hole. The heavy-favourite sat third until the half-mile when Gingras sent him on the attack. Southwind Frank quickly cleared to the front and trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. Marion Marauder and driver John Campbell trotted up with a rush around the final turn to draw within half a length turning for home. In the stretch, Marion Marauder was able to poke a head in front with an eighth of a mile to go, but Southwind Frank showed his talent by battling back under minimal urging from Gingras to retake the lead and score a length and a half victory. Adored By Masses finished almost 14 lengths behind the winner in third, while Im A Mate and Zlatan finished fourth and fifth to advance to the final. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank now sports a record of seven wins from eight starts to begin his career for trainer Ron Burke. The rookie trotting colt now has earnings of over $327,000. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10 to win. Southwind Frank Following Friday night's eliminations, the post positions for next week's $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial final and $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes final were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions. Both finals will highlight a spectacular undercard on Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night Saturday, September 19. Here are the post positions for next week's final. $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Final 1. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra 2. Muscle Baby Doll by Muscle Mass 3. Youre Majestic by Majestic Son 4. Mission Brief by Muscle Hill 5. Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter 6. Danielle Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 7. Wild Honey by Cantab Hall 8. Magic Marker by Andover Hall 9. Bee The Queen by Donato Hanover 10. Amoureuse Hanover by Pilgrims Taj AE: Juanitas Fury by Kadabra $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final 1. Zlatan by Muscle Mass 2. Tony Soprano by Kadabra 3. Deep Impact by Donato Hanover 4. Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill 5. Im A Mate by Muscle Mass 6. Will Take Charge by Kadabra 7. Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill 8. Lean Hanover by Donato Hanover 9. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill 10. Adored By Masses by Muscle Mass AE: Deweylovernleaver by Deweycheatumnhowe Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 6, 2015 - Harness racing's father and son team Gregg and Doug McNair sent a pair of two-year-old trotting colts out in the last regular season Grassroots event on Sunday evening and landed both colts in the Flamboro Downs winner's circle and the post season. Heading into the event Dynamic Edge and Muscles For Life were sitting twenty-fifth and thirty-seventh, respectively, and in need of a victory to extend their season through the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-finals. "I figured they had to be close, but he never said nothing, so no pressure, no added pressure," said driver Doug McNair about his pre-race conversation with his father Gregg, who trains the colts. First out of the barn for the McNair Stable was Dynamic Edge, who lined up at Post 5 in the fourth Grassroots division. The younger McNair sent the Muscle Mass son directly to the front and Dynamic Edge reached the opening quarter in :29.3 and the half in 1:02.2. Heading for the 1:32.3 three-quarters Weve Had Enough mounted a challenge and it looked as though Dynamic Edge would have to settle for second, but the gelding found another gear late in the stretch and dug in for a neck victory in 2:02.4. Weve Had Enough was second and Northern Bruiser was one and one-quarter lengths back in third. "He's a little green sometimes," explained the driver. "He pulls up once in a while and he did again today a little bit, but then he battled back on in the stretch. "He's just a just a little funny. He trots perfect, he's great gaited, but he just pulls up sometimes," added the Guelph, ON resident. "It would be nice if he could get out of that, he maybe will as a three-year-old." Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of Dynamic Edge with numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Gloucester, ON. A $28,000 acquisition at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale, the gelding wrapped up the post season with one win, one second, two thirds, one sixth and 102 points in five Grassroots starts, jumping from twenty-fifth to tenth in the standings with Sunday's win. In the last Grassroots division, Doug McNair also opted for a front-end strategy with Muscles For Life. The pair went to the front from Post 4 and controlled the tempo through fractions of :30.2, 1:02.3 and 1:33.2, hitting the wire three-quarters of a length in front of favourite Georgies Pockets in 2:02.1. Muscle Hustle was well behind the leaders in third. With all of his starts coming in the Grassroots program, Muscles For Life now boasts a record of one win, one second, one fifth and one eighth. Sundays win boosted his point total to 81 and moved him from thirty-seventh to seventeenth. "He trots real nice when he trots, sometimes he just gets out of gear, like if you don't have him paying attention he won't trot for you," said Doug McNair of Muscles For Life, also a son of Muscle Mass. "But when he pays attention he can trot; he's one of the better Grassrooters. "Last start (Aug 11) I just wanted to make sure I got him around without him running and he trotted home in 28 seconds, that's a pretty good quarter for a green trotter," the reinsman added. Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI owns Muscle For Life, who was a $35,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The other three division winners also secured their position among the top 20 point earners. Romeo and driver Skip Jay De Mull captured the first Grassroots trophy, tipping out of the pocket heading for the three-quarters and trotting by pacesetter Derivative and on to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:59, the quickest of the five divisions. Fan favourite Money Mission finished second and Magic Missions was third. Kevin St. Charles of Whitmore Lake, MI trains Romeo for E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. In six Grassroots starts the Muscle Mass gelding tallied one win, two thirds, one fifth, one sixth and one eighth for 83 points. Division two went to Cool Creek Victory and Iona Station, ON resident Alfie Carroll, who also popped out of the pocket to reel in the favourite. Cool Creek Victory stopped the Flamboro Downs teletimer at 2:01, one-half length ahead of United Bi and Classical Son. The win was the second in Grassroots action this season for Cool Creek Victory, who also posted two thirds and one seventh, wrapping up with 126 points. The Windsong Espoir son is trained by Mountain, ON resident Victory Puddy for Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, Limco Inc. of Chateauguay, QC, and Otnevram Inc. of Saint Leonard, QC. After four second-place finishes JLs Bad Moon Risin finally found the winner's circle, going gate-to-wire in 2:04 for driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON. The Muscle Mass colt bested Clone The Tone by one-half length, with Eyeseenow well back in third. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau conditions JLs Bad Moon Risin for Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. Sunday's win gave the colt 158 points and a share of second-place in the division standings. The top 20 point earners will now battle in a pair of Semi-final races at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26 for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Flamboro Downs on Sunday, Sept. 27 when the two-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season. Ontario Horse Racing

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