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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 – When it comes to being involved in big races, small-time Maritime trainer/owner Wayne Whebby knows exactly what it feels like. The 71-year-old veteran conditioner has raced in the Pepsi North America Cup, Breeders Crown, Adios and Governors Cup to name a few, but on Saturday he’ll have his first taste of Metro Pace pie. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia resident will send out Play It Again Sam from post nine in this year’s $683,000 edition. “It’s a terrific feeling, but we’ll have our work cut out for us,” Whebby said. “We’re very fortunate to be in it, but there are a lot of other nice colts in there too.” Play It Again Sam was a $25,000 yearling purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale. He was a horse that was on Whebby’s radar at the auction. “I looked at him and really liked him,” he said. “He was very late in the sale (hip 706), which was good and bad. The price might be lower, but if I didn’t get him, I might be stuck with nothing.” Whebby wasn’t looking for a partner at the time, but that soon changed. The youngster also caught co-owner Ron McLellan’s eye (R G McGroup Ltd). He was in pursuit of any offspring sired by Shadow Play, of whom he also owns a piece. “Ron and I have been friends for years and we also came across another horse by Shadow Play named Im Drinking Doubles. Im Drinking Doubles was earlier in the sale and we got him for $32,000 and we were fortunate enough to get Play It Again Sam for $25,000. That’s how Ron and I became partners.” Whebby then shipped his two new purchases home to Truro, Nova Scotia to begin their early lessons. “Emmons MacKay broke them and got them going and did an absolute terrific job,” Whebby said. “I’d come in and train with him a few days a week and oversee things, but he deserves the credit.” When Play It Again Sam was training down, Whebby never got overly confident in his youngster. “I’ve been down this road before and sometimes they pan out and sometimes they don’t,” he said. “He did everything right and we knew the speed was there, but you never know what can happen once they line up behind the gate.” When both horses were near qualifying, Whebby called upon his son, Marc. “Marc did most of the fine-tuning on both of them,” said the veteran horseman. “He put the finishing touches on them and raced them in Truro. I like it that way because Marc gives terrific feed back and makes sure everything is the way it should be. He’s also a terrific blacksmith and overall good horseman. “We have a system that we use between Emmons, Marc and I and it’s been successful, so we’re not going to change,” he continued. So far this season, Play It Again Sam has sparked the attention of his owners with a 7-0-1 record from eight starts and $55,627 this season. “We brought him along accordingly and he raced very well in Truro, but again, racing in Truro and racing at Mohawk are two different leagues. He’s progressed very well and shows that he has the speed to belong.” Whebby then shipped Play It Again Sam west to Ontario to the barn of trainer Dr. Ian Moore, another Maritmer. Moore had two entries in this year’s Metro, but Moore’s other entry, Arthur Blue Chip has been scratched due to sickness, therefore Play It Again Sam will look to be crowned this year’s champion for the Maritime connections. Looking ahead to Saturday’s Metro Pace, the richest event for two-year-olds in North America, Whebby remains optimistic about Play It Again Sam. “I think it’s a very evenly matched group of colts this year,” Whebby said. “There’s not a particular standout yet and a lot will depend on racing luck and who benefits from the best trip. I sure hope that’s us. “Between, Ron, his wife, Gail, Marc and Emmons and I, we’re having a lot of fun this season,” Whebby continued. David Miller will be at the helm from post nine in race seven on Saturday evening. by Greg Gangle  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 – Arthur Blue Chip, who was installed the 7/2 second choice to win Saturday's $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk, has been scratched due to sickness. The word came from trainer Dr. Ian Moore on Friday morning. “He had a terrific week up until about yesterday,” Moore said. “I took him out to train and he coughed once before he went a mile and a few times afterwards. I scoped him and he showed signs of sickness, but is five-times worse this morning.” The son of Shadow Play has banked $194,495 this season along with a 5-0-1 record from seven starts. “This would be our fifth time being in the Metro and I think our best chance to win, so it’s disappointing not to be in it,” Moore said. “We have to do what’s best for the horse. It’s not a serious issue, but could develop into one if we race him. As a veterinarian I wouldn’t recommend to any client to race, so I’m certainly not going to race my own.” The $135,000 yearling purchase is owned by Shadow One Stable. Randy Waples was listed to drive from post four. First also eligible Some Major Beach, the half-brother to 2007 Metro winner, Somebeachsomewhere, has drawn into the Metro Pace Final and will be driven by Doug McNair. by Greg Gangle  

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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 24…The sports top rookie pacers were showcased on Saturday evening at Mohawk in a trio of $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations. Arthur Blue Chip, Western Vintage and Lets Drink On It captured their respective eliminations and stamped themselves as top contenders for this year’s $683,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Mohawk. Favoured Arthur Blue Chip, with Randy Waples driving, fended off all challengers to handily win the first of three eliminations. Taking over from Luck Be Withyou after a 27.1 opening quarter, Arthur Blue Chip took the field to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1.24.2. For a moment in early stretch, it looked like the pacesetter would need to repulse Tellitlikeitis and Yannick Gingras, who were rallying on the inside, but the son of Shadow Play-Advantest pulled away late for the one and one-half length tally in a career best 1:51.2. Luck Be Withyou outnodded Tellitlikeitis for second, with Some Major Beach getting up for fourth. “He’s getting to be a really nice colt now,” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. “He’s just getting better every day. Tonight, he was quite quiet in the paddock. I thought something was wrong with him. But he came his last quarter in 27 flat, so looks like he’s okay for now. “Last week was the first time he raced off the front. I told Randy I’d leave it up to him as to how he wanted to race him tonight.” A $135,000 yearling purchase and a half-brother to Kenneth J, Arthur Blue Chip came into his elim fresh from a comfortable front-end score last week in a division of the Nassagaweya in 1:52. He’s now won five of seven starts for the Shadow One Stable of Guelph, Ontario, while pocketing $194,495. Arthur Blue Chip paid $4.20, $2.90 and $2.30, combining with Luck Be Withyou ($4.90, $3.30) for a $15.60 (4-5) exactor. A 4-5-2 (Tellitlikeitis, $2.70) triactor was worth $69.40 while a $1 Superfecta [4-5-2-7 (Some Major Beach)] returned $148.75. Odds-on Western Vintage coasted to a two length score in the second Metro Pace elim for driver Yannick Gingras. Western Vintage, a Western Ideal-Major Harmony colt, took over from Ideal Magic after the first quarter in 27.4 and blasted to the top, getting to the half in 55.2. Around the far turn and into the stretch, the favourite was pressed by Somewhere in LA after reaching three-quarters in 1:24.3, but Gingras let out another notch and Western Vintage drew off impressively in 1:51.3. Winds of Change blew by the rest of the field to collar second place, with Play It Again Sam third and Ideal Magic fourth. It was also the fourth win in five starts for the Nancy Johansson trainee, his only blemish coming last week in a Nassagaweya division, when he made a break before the start as the 7-5 choice and was distanced. “He was a little anxious last week on (driver) Marcus (Johansson), that’s why he ran,” explained Gingras. “He was a little anxious on me a little bit tonight, too. That’s why I let him do his thing. “He was full of pace. He was just waiting for me to call on him. Every time I’ve called on him so far, he’s had something left. I’ve yet to pull the ear plugs on him but I’m sure next week we’ll have to. I think he has as good a chance as anybody (next week) and he’s done nothing wrong so far.” Gingras is now undefeated on the colt in three pari-mutuel starts, including a New Jersey Sires Stake on July 13 at the Meadowlands. Just a $7,000 yearling purchase by owner Perry Soderberg of Manalapan, New Jersey, Western Vintage has now banked $117,250. Western Vintage paid $3.70, $2.70 and $2.10, teaming with Winds of Change ($7.10, $3.80) for a $21.60 (3-2) exactor. A 3-2-1 (Play It Again Sam, $2.20) triactor returned $52.20, while a $1 Superfecta [3-2-1-8 (Ideal Magic)] was worth $127.50. Favoured Let’s Drink On It gamely outfought Boomboom Ballykeel in deep stretch to post a neck decision in the third and final elimination. Boomboom Ballykeel took the field through an opening quarter in 27.2, before Let’s Drink On It was hustled to the front by driver Jim Morrill, getting to the half in a leisurely 56.1. After three-quarters was reached in 1:23.4, it looked like the chalk was home free, but Boomboom Ballykeel mounted a rail rally and appeared to put a head in front before Let’s Drink On It re-rallied for the close victory in a life best 1:51.1, the fastest of the three elims. Beat the Drum came on for third, six and one-quarter lengths behind the top pair, while Somesizesomestyle was fourth. Trained by Joe Seekman for U.S. interests, the son of Art Official, who was also trained by Seekman, was only a $12,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Art Official was the only horse to beat Somebeachsomewhere, and he did it in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in July of 2008. “Jimmy (Morrill) said he thought tonight maybe he might be better covered up,” said Seekman. “There was a little scare in the stretch when the other horse come up the inside. But he’s two fingers. He can go anywhere. He doesn’t have to be on the front. “Art Official never won at two and this horse already has four wins. We thought we stole him (for only $12,000 at the sale).” Let’s Drink On It, winning his fourth in six starts, paid $4.70, $2.80 and $2.50, combining with Boomboom Ballykeel ($4.40, $3.60) for a $16.20 (4-7) exactor. A 4-7-3 (Beat the Drum, $3.10) triactor was worth $103.10 while a $1 Superfecta [4-7-3-1 (Somesizesomestyle)] returned $242.25. The rich classic has been won recently by a host of champions, including last year by Captaintreacherous, Sportswriter in 2009, Somebeachsomewhere in 2007 and Rocknroll Hanover in 2004. The top three finishers in each $40,000 elim, plus a fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Ideal Magic), advance to the final. The elim winners get to choose a post position before the rest of the field is drawn. 1. Boomboom Ballykeel 2. Lets Drink On It 3.Western Vintage 4. Arthur Blue Chip 5. Tellitlikeitis 6. Winds Of Change 7. Luck Be Withyou 8. Beat The Drum 9. Play It Again Sam 10. Ideal Magic Metro videos are races 5,7,9 attached Greg Gangle  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 – After taking two of three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes this past Saturday, Dr. Ian Moore’s Arthur Blue Chip and Play It Again Sam are on top of their game heading into the Metro Pace eliminations, Saturday at Mohawk. Both freshman pacers are fresh off a 1:52 career best and are sired by Shadow Play, who Moore campaigned to $1,559,822 in earnings from 2007-2009. Arthur Blue Chip, who has banked $174,495 already this season, has a 4-0-1 record from six starts for Shadow One Racing. The $135,000 yearling purchase is a half brother to Kenneth J (1:49.3 - $1,592,755). He will begin from post four in the first of three eliminations for driver Randy Waples. Moore’s other entry, Play It Again Sam, remains undefeated in seven starts this season and was a new addition to his stable within the past few weeks. The youngster was sent to Moore from longtime friend and trainer Wayne Whebby from Nova Scotia. Play It Again Sam has banked $50,827 in his young career for Whebby and R G McGroup Ltd. Waples will also steer Play It Again Sam from post one in the second elim. This morning, WEG’s Communications department spoke with Moore about his Metro Pace elimination starters. To view the interview, click the link below: Greg Gangle

Two year old Shadow Play colt Play It Again Sam stepped onto the big stage for the first time tonight at Mohawk Racetrack and kept his unbeaten record in tact. The $25,000 Harrisburg purchase won for the sixth time in six starts in 1:53.2  with Marc Whebby driving for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. Play It Again Sam had won his previous starts at Truro for very little stake but was impressive in all his starts winning one race by over 15 lengths in 1:57.3. He is out of the Blissfull Hall mare Plant A Kiss.  

ELORA, ON — The stage is set for the July 29th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway’s signature race, the 16th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the fifth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track’s 23rd annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 5 (post time 1:30). Battle Of Waterloo Trainer Wayne McGean paid $12,500 to supplement Steady Warrior into the $125,000 Battle Of Waterloo and drew the rail in the third of four eight-horse divisions. The Royal Mattjesty colt is still on the hunt for his maiden win, but has racked up $61,300 in four starts, including a pair of runner-up finishes and a third in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series. McGean and co-owner Michael Gouthro paid just $5,000 for the pacer as a yearling. He finished a half-length behind Arthur Blue Chip in the $150,000 OSS Gold Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on July 19.    But Steady Warrior won’t face Arthur Blue Chip on Monday night. The Ian Moore trainee will start from post six in the third division (race six). A winner of two from three starts, Arthur Blue Chip set a personal best of 1:52.4 in the OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. He has banked $110,000 and was a $135,000 yearling for the Shadow One Stable of Guelph, ON. Moore won the 2009 Battle Of Waterloo with Wellthereyougo. National speed leaders Rather Swell, Falcon Justice and Boomboom Ballykeel will also start in race six, from posts three, seven and eight respectively. Falcon Justice (Mister Big) is currently the quickest rookie gelding in the country. The Rod Boyd trainee won his first career start on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.1. Boomboom Ballykeel holds the distinction on a half-miler after his maiden win at Hanover Raceway in 1:56.4 on July 20. He’s conditioned by Canada’s current leading trainer, Richard Moreau, and driven by the nation’s top dash driver, Trevor Henry. A maiden score of 1:54.4 in an OSS Grassroots division on July 6 at Georgian Downs made Rather Swell the quickest rookie pacing gelding over a five-eighths mile track. The Robert McIntosh homebred is a son of Western Maverick. Lucky King, in the first division, also holds a current Canadian speed record. The Camluck son’s most recent win at Georgian Downs on July 6 in 1:54.1 makes him the quickest rookie colt over a five-eighths surface in 2013. He starts from post seven in race four for trainer Andrew McCabe. Cluster Hanover starts to the right of Lucky King for trainer/owner Jack Darling. Still chasing his maiden win in this fifth start, Cluster Hanover has banked $40,725 and finished third in the OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. Darling purchased the Badlands Hanover gelding as a yearling for $95,000. Three-time Battle Of Waterloo champ Jody Jamieson will steer. Titus Seelster looks to double-up in the final boys’ division (race 10). The pacer captured his first lifetime victory in 1:53.1 with a driving-away win by seven lengths in the $50,000 OSS Mid-Summer Challenge Consolation on July 19. Stephane Larocque trains the Artistic Fella colt, a winner of $38,125 in two starts. Battle Of The Belles Eliminations for the $75,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 24 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 3 and 5). Lady Shadow headlines the first group. She is represented by the Guelph, ON father-son, trainer-driver duo of Gregg and Doug McNair, winners of the 2008 Battle Of Waterloo with Trail Boss. Gregg McNair is also on-point to secure his second consecutive Johnston Cup (for leading trainer in the OSS). He has a stronghold on the standings, thanks to the likes of Lady Shadow. She leads this elimination field for earnings with $51,500 in three starts and a mark of 1:54.4. The McNairs also have Momara — the current leader for OSS Grassroots earnings ($17,356). She enters the second Belles division hoping for a hat-trick. She won by seven and nine lengths respectively in her last two OSS Grassroots outings. Performing Art leads all OSS freshman pacing fillies with $52,500 banked in three OSS starts. She also holds the current season’s record for her division over a five-eighths mile track with a 1:54.2 score at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 11. She starts from post four in the second division for trainer Otis Hall. Alibi Seelster starts from post seven for Jack Darling in race five. The Shadow Play miss was third in the $150,000 OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. A winner of two from four, she was a $27,000 yearling who has already paid her way with $61,000 banked and a mark of 1:53.3. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: • Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 6 on July 29. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 5.) • Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 11 on July 29. (Top two finishers from each of the four elimination divisions, plus one of the third-place finishers — as drawn by lot — advance to the final on August 5.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 29 is 7:05 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - While lightning circled around Campbellville on Friday evening, the top two-year-old pacers in the province lit things up at Mohawk Racetrack in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Challenge. Two-year-old pacing colt Arthur Blue Chip delivered an outstanding effort in the $150,000 pacing colt challenge, coming on in the stretch to claim a one-half length victory over Steady Warrior and Cluster Hanover. The Shadow Play son stopped the teletimer in a personal best 1:52.4 over a track rated one second slower than normal. "I just told Randy (Waples), I said, he's lazy, but I said if you get him up in the rigging he'll go for you," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph. "He knows what it's all about now. Randy said he was good, perfect." Milton resident Randy Waples piloted Arthur Blue Chip to the win, his second in Gold Series competition, for Moore and his partners in the Shadow One Stable. The partners purchased the colt for $135,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and have already recouped $110,000 after three starts. In addition to watching his own colt triumph over a deeply talented field, Moore also applauded the success of several other Shadow Play offspring. The horseman campaigned $1.5 million winner Shadow Play during his stellar racing career and is thrilled with the early season results the stallion is enjoying in Ontario. "It's quite a thrill for me, having had Shadow Play and now having some of his offspring to train and race, and also to see them race too," explains Moore. "Jack Darling, I was talking to him, his fillies did great - one and three right - so I'm very, very happy."  Cambridge resident Jack Darling received congratulations from Moore after Shadow Play daughters Nefertiti Blue Chip and Alibi Seelster finished first and third in the $150,000 pacing filly challenge. After leading for much of the race fan favourite Alibi Seelster was edged out by her stablemate and runner-up Sudoku, leaving Darling surprised, but pleased, with the result. "I'm as shocked as anybody," admitted the trainer in the winner's circle. "Great drive, and she raced big, she came up big. Last week at Rideau she was just kind of a mediocre second, but she's been fighting off sickness and allergies, and I guess she's over it now." Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted Nefertiti Blue Chip to the 1:54 win, her second lifetime but first on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. Darling acquired the daughter of Shadow Play and Rising Sun at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $50,000 for the filly.  Before the division heavyweights waged their battles, two $50,000 Mid-Summer Consolations were contested and Regil Meg came up with a sharp effort to capture the pacing filly event. Guelph resident Doug McNair put the Artistic Fella daughter on the front end early and simply set the cruise control button. Regil Meg sailed home unchallenged in 1:55.3, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Goldies Mach and Jokes Jet. Dr. Reginald Westgarth of Amherstberg bred, owns and trains Regil Meg, who earned her spot in the consolation with a fourth-place finish in the July 1 season opener at Mohawk. In the pacing colt consolation Artistic Fella son Titus Seelster simply dominated his peers, sailing across the wire seven and one-half lengths on top in 1:53.1. Fan favourite Weatherly settled for second and Bugger Bruiser was third. Milton resident Sylvain Filion piloted Titus Seelster to the win for trainer Stephane Larocque and owners Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Gold Series start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 13 and the pacing fillies return to Mohawk on the same day. The second of three Mid-Summer Challenges goes postward at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 5 and features the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. For complete results. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. All videos from tonights meeting are attached next to the photo Races 7-10 are still pending Sandra Snyder  

Randy Waples had a harrowing drive to get to The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ontario, from Mohawk tonight in time to drive State Treasurer in the track's signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace. But the trip proved worthwhile as his heads up drive in the race was much quicker and certainly more profitable.

The Dr Ian Moore (Guelph, Ontario) trained and Tyler Moore driven 2-1 favourite Eighteen led from go to woe to win the coveted Gold Cup & Saucer Final in track record time at Charlottetown yesterday (Saturday August 18). The $60,000 Final wrapped up 'Old Home Week's' harness racing festivities in style.

State Treasurer delivered as the heavy favourite in the $60,000 Summertime Pacing Series final in the third race on Monday evening's (July 30) harness racing card at Mohawk. Driver Tyler Moore guided the 3-year-old colt to the winner's circle for his father, trainer Dr. Ian Moore.

Favourite State Treasurer and longshot Fantastic Rock took top harness racing honours in their respective $30,000 second-leg divisions of the Summertime Pacing Series on Friday night (July 20) at Mohawk.

Pepsi North America Cup hopeful State Treasurer was able to overcome a first-turn miscue to capture his $35,000 second round harness racing division of The Diplomat Pacing Series on Thursday evening (May 3) at Woodbine.

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore is hoping one of his three-year-old pacing colts, State Treasurer, Spinarama or Ontheclock Hanover, can travel the same path as last year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup champion.

Im On Cloud Nine pulled off a harness racing series sweep to retain her perfect three-for-three sophomore record in the $50,000 Celias Counsel final on Monday night (April 23) at Woodbine.

Harness racing trainer Dr Ian Moore of Delvin Miller Adios finalist Eighteen, suffered four cracked ribs in a training mishap Friday at The Meadows while he was giving the colt his final tune-up for Saturday's $500,000 'Pace for the Orchids.' The incident also involved Ron Burke, North America's leading trainer, who was not seriously injured.

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