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Harness racing pacers were in the spotlight Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Three-year-olds competed in two Summertime eliminations and aged horses battled in three Beat The Heat Series divisions. Heavy favourites scored in the Summertime eliminations.

Serge Savard, the former Montreal Canadiens standout defenceman and General Manger, is looking to add a different kind of 'Cup' to his collection on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. The 65-year-old Savard has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup eight times as a player, but he's hoping to add his name to the list of winners of the Pepsi North America Cup, the continent's richest harness racing three-year-old pacing event.

The colt Eighteen starts from post No. 5 with Paul MacDonell driving for harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore in the second of Saturday's (June 11) three eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. Moore owns the horse with hockey Hall of Famer Serge Savard and the R G McGroup. The same group was behind 2008 Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play.

Big Bad John, Custard The Dragon and Eighteen, all eligible to the harness racing 66th Little Brown Jug on September 22nd, scored stakes victories this past weekend. Big Bad John and Custard The Dragon won $52,559 elims of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Chester, and Eighteen won a $20,000 Displomat Pace elimination at Woodbine in Canada.

Big Bad John, Custard The Dragon and Eighteen, all eligible to the 66th Little Brown Jug on September 22nd, scored harness racing stakes victories this past weekend. Big Bad John and Custard The Dragon won $52,559 elims of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Chester, and Eighteen won a $20,000 Displomat Pace elimination at Woodbine in Canada.

Sixteen harness racing sophomore pacing colts and geldings, including seven N.A. Cup eligibles, converged at Woodbine Saturday night to represent their connections in The Diplomat Stakes elims.

The Dream of Glory trophy is going to Wellington County this year. Krakatoa owned by Herb and Barb Wells of Bloomingwood Farms near Harriston won the 9th annual harness racing event in 1:59 and 1.

Malicious and David Miller have been given the nod as the 2-1 morning line favorites for the $217,250 Empire Breeder's Classic Final for 3-year old harness racing colt pacers on Sunday night at Tioga Downs (Post Time 6:30 pm).

The Lady Slipper Stakes will highlight the live harness racing program Thursday night at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 7pm following the 2009 edition of the Little Brown Jug. Scarlet Patti, a two-year-old trotter owned by Gordon MacLean, Winlsoe, will attempt her 6th win in a row when she competes in one of five divisions slated on the card.

Wellthereyougo will be looking for his third Gold Series harness racing victory this Sunday when Ontario's talented two-year-old pacing colts arrive at Rideau Carleton Raceway for a pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations. The defending Gold Final champion, Wellthereyougo heads to Ottawa off a brief sabbatical that was prompted by a pair of tough trips in his elimination and the consolation of the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack.

Despite the absence of Metro Pace winner Sportswriter, 25 talented two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will contest four harness racing eliminations of the 20th edition of the Governor's Cup this Sunday (September 13) at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.

Ten Stanley Cups have a way of making a man accustomed to the spotlight. But hockey Hall of Famer Serge Savard, 62, the great Montreal Canadiens' defencemen, is nonetheless enjoying being in the public eye once again - this time for his part in the ownership of two outstanding harness racing colts trained by long-time friend, Dr. Ian Moore.

The long holiday weekend will feature two exciting harness racing cards with the Charlottetown Driving Park hosting a 12 dash event on Saturday at 7pm and the Summerside Raceway staging an afternoon program on Monday at 1pm with $1,500 feature.

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore sends out a colt that is not really Malicious - he's just named that way -- in Saturday's $1 million Metro Pace for 2-year-olds at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Bettor's Delight-Silky, who is 7-for-7, won his elimination race on August 29 and will start from post No. 1 with driver Paul MacDonell in the final.

There were few surprises in the eliminations for harness racing's upcoming $1 million Metro Pace tonight at Mohawk, as the three favourites lived up to their billing. Sportswriter (Mark MacDonald) emerged triumphant from a duel with 6-5 favourite, Delmarvalous (Corey Callahan), in the first of the three $40,000 eliminations, going on to win by a length and a half in a sharp 1:51.0.

Dr. Ian Moore, whose outstanding two-year-olds, Malicious and Wellthereyougo, have drawn into the first and second eliminations for the upcoming $1 million Metro Pace (September 5 at Mohawk), says it best: 'Playtime is over for these harness racing colts. It's time to step up their game.'

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