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The Wayfaring Man and harness racing driver Jack Moiseyev turned in a big 1:52.2 mile to capture the $43,200 Dream Maker Series Final Monday night ( August 4th) at Mohawk. A compact group of six two-year-old pacers contested the final leg of the three-week series. Read The Proposal left hard off the gate to take the early lead, but was overtaken on the way to half by leg one winner Pierce Hanover and driver Paul Macdonell at a solid half-mile time of :55.3. On the way to the three-quarter pole, Amora Beach was sent first up from third by driver James MacDonald providing cover for Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man on MacDonald's back. In the stretch, The Wayfaring Man capitalized off his second over trip pacing by the top two in the final eighth of the mile to win by a length and a quarter, with a last quarter of :27.4. The clocking of 1:52.2 is the fastest mile by a two-year-old pacer this year in Canada. Amora Beach edged by Pierce Hanover to take the place spot. Late Night and driver Doug McNair finished fourth. A son of Dragon Again - Armbro Wichita, The Wayfaring Man finished second in a dead-heat in the opening leg before breaking his maiden in the second leg. The series finale victory was the second win in a row and a new lifetime best for The Wayfaring Man. The Wayfaring Man is owned by Bruno Comenga and trained by his son Nicky. The son of Dragon Again was a $62,000 yearling purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and has now earned $29,820 in three career starts. He returned $3.70 to win. The Wayfaring Man is eligible to the Nassagaweya Stakes on August 16, which is one week before the eliminations for the Metro Pace, the top stake race for two-year-old pacers. This year's edition of the Dream Maker Series was dedicated to the memory of Antonio Chiaravalle. Chiaravalle, who passed away in June, owned many great standardbreds including the series namesake, Dream Maker. The Wayfaring Man Also on Monday night, the opening leg of the Pure Ivory Series for two-year-old trotting fillies was contested. Southwind Champane defeated six other rivals in a sparkling 1:56.3 for driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. A daughter of Muscle Hill - Caerphilly, Southwind Champane got away in second and was quickly right lined to the front in the second quarter. Around the final turn, Spirit To Win, the 1/2 favourite, came first up to confront Southwind Champane and was a length off the lead at the three-quarter pole. After a :28.3 third-quarter, Southwind Champane continued to trot strong down the lane holding off Spirit To Win by a quarter of a length to win with a final panel of :28.2. Allies Gift took the show spot, while Drinksonthehouse finished fourth. The 1:56.3 clocking is the fastest mile by a two-year-old trotter this season in Canada. Southwind Champane is owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Glengate Farms and Gordon Wright. She cost $32,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Southwind Champane's first leg victory improves her record to two for two in her young career. She paid $11.90 to win. Southwind Champane The second leg of the Pure Ivory Series takes place next Monday night (August 11) at Mohawk. This Thursday night, series action continues with the $37,800 final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies at Mohawk. Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

Round two of the Dream Maker Series featured just a lone division during Tuesday evening’s 10-race card at Mohawk Racetrack, and The Wayfaring Man proved to be a cut above the other. Jack Moiseyev mapped out a second-over trip for The Wayfaring Man, and the colt punched home in :28.1 to win by a pair of lengths in 1:54.1. The Wayfaring Man got away fifth while Amora Beach and Migrate Blue Chip battled to the quarter pole in :28.4. Amora Beach worked his way to the top and sliced out middle splits of :57.2 and 1:25.2. Some Power put first-over pressure on the leader around the final turn, while The Wayfaring Man tracked that foe’s cover. Moiseyev pulled the trigger on his charge coming off the turn and he sailed past the leaders and drew away to the comfortable score. Amora Beach was next best, with third prize going to Migrate Blue Chip. To read the rest of this story click here.

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - A group of seven freshman pacers dueled Monday night at Mohawk in the $12,000 second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series. With leg one winner Pierce Hanover skipping round two, the door was left open for a new winner to pick up momentum heading into next week's $43,200 final. Besides Pierce Hanover, the colt that caught the attention of many in leg one was The Wayfaring Man, a son of Dragon Again - Armbro Wichita, who finished in a dead-heat for second in his career debut with a last half of :54.4. That strong debut had the betting public all over the Nicky Comenga trainee in leg two and he did not disappoint with a 1:54.1 victory. The Wayfaring Man, driven by Jack Moiseyev, got away fifth into the first turn and sat in that position through the opening half. As the field made their way around the final turn, Some Power was sent first up from third to challenge the leader Amora Beach. The Wayfaring Man was able to catch Some Power's cover and sat second over as the field came off the turn. In the stretch, Some Power could not get by a game Amora Beach, but Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man capitalized off their perfect second over positioning to go by the leaders for a two length victory, with a last quarter of :28.1 into a head wind. Amora Beach dug in to hold on for second, while Migrate Seelster took the show spot ahead of Some Power who finished fourth. The leg two victory was a maiden breaking score for The Wayfaring Man in his second career start for owner Bruno Comenga. The Dragon Again son was a $62,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and now has career earnings of just over $8,000. The Wayfaring Man paid $3.70 to win. The final for the Dream Maker Series is set for next Monday (August 4) at Mohawk. Eleven freshman pacers have competed in the first two legs of the series. All horses that have started in any leg of the Dream Maker can enter the $43,200 final. Mark McKelvie  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Pierce Hanover delivered a big last quarter kick to take an action packed first leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine battled in the $12,000 first leg of the Dream Maker for freshmen pacers. Pierce Hanover, a son of Cams Card Shark - Panned Out, and driver Paul Macdonell got away in fifth around the first turn with long shot Late Night hanging up a first-quarter of :27.4. On the way to the half, Amora Beach was sent after the lead from third, but was stretched out by Late Night. The public's choice, Some Power, followed Amora Beach and was forced to go three-wide for a few strides before clearing to the front at the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Some Power turned in a :27.1 third-quarter (1:23.0) with Amora Beach following right in behind, while the rest of the field sat several lengths off from the top two. In the stretch, Amora Beach overtook Some Power for the lead, but Pierce Hanover and The Wayfaring Man, who were both more than ten lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole, made up ground with every stride. Pierce Hanover took the lead in the final steps to win by three-quarters of length in 1:52.1, the nation's fastest mile by a two-year-old this season. Amora Beach held on to share the place spot with The Wayfaring Man in a dead heat, while Some Power finished fourth. Pierce Hanover turned in a last quarter of :27.3, while The Wayfaring Man, in his debut start, posted a final-panel of :27.2. The leg one victory was the second win in a row for Pierce Hanover and his second win in three starts. Ken Sucee trains and co-owns the $38,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover paid $9.80 to win. The second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series goes next Monday (July 28) at Mohawk. An army of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings marched into battle Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the oval hosted six OSS Grassroots divisions. Lexus Magnum kicked things off with a 1:59.3 in his $18,000 split. James MacDonald worked out a two-hole trip for the youngster while Dream Persuasion whacked out fractions of :28.4, 1:00 and 1:29.3. Lexus Magnum angled off the rail in the lane and used a :29.2 kicker to win by a half-length margin over race favourite Mandeville. Dream Persuasion faded to finish third. Norm Dunstan of Caledon Village, Ontario bred, owns and trains the gelded son of Windsong Espoir-Lexus Hall, who was sent off at odds of 6-1. He’s banked $13,500 to date. Stormont Wizard took over command at the mid-way point of the second division, and once he cleared it was game over for the others. The colt, who proved to be the only favourite to win an OSS Grassroots division, led to the three-quarter pole of 1:30.3 and used a :29-second closing quarter to win by a neck over Great Magic in 1:59.3. Chuckalo Evan rounded out the top three finishers. Rick Zeron mapped out the winning trip for the Kevin Benn-trained son of Kadabra-Stormont Cinderella. The homebred, who is owned by Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario, has banked $13,500 in his first two starts. Hemi Seelster was collared in deep stretch in the third division, but he battled back for a 1:58.4 score for the tandem of driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. The gelding sat second through first-half fractions of :28.2 and :59 before sprinting past the tempo-setting Benvenuti on the final turn. Hemi Seelster had the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1, but he quickly came under heavy pressure from Pilgrims Joy. That foe took over command in deep stretch, but Hemi Seelster fought gamely to reclaim the lead en route to the 1:58.4 win. Pilgrims Joy was a neck back in second, with Winning Wizard third best. John Bax trains the son of Holiday Road-Hollywood Beauty for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matt Bax, John Houston and Goin To The Show Stable. It was the second consecutive stakes score for the career winner of $18,000. He was a $19,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. Grandprix Seelster got off to a slow start in his OSS assignment, but he finished quicker than the competition en route to posting a 2:00.2 triumph for driver Randy Waples. The son of Federal Flex dug himself a 15-length hole at the quarter pole while sitting ninth, and things weren’t much better when he was nearly 14 lengths off the lead at the mid-way point. He improved steadily, however, in the back-half of the mile and when the leaders tired he fired out a :28.4 closing panel to secure the win by three-quarters of a length over Ontheroad De Vie. Taking home the show dough was Federal. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge co-owns the colt with Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, Ontario. The youngster was collared for $8,000 from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale and he’s already racked up earnings that exceed that purchase price. Its Huw You Know pulled off a stunning upset when he rallied home in the fifth division at odds of 78-1 for trainer/driver Keith Jones. The gelding enjoyed a two-hole trip for most of the mile, and he rallied in the lane and produced the 2:00.3 decision by three-quarters of a length over fellow longshot Featured Illusion, who was 36-1. Caulfield rounded out the top three finishers in the nine-horse affair. Doug McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario owns the stakes winning son of Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira. The $21,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale is a sibling to the likes of Tymal Timeout (1:58.2 - $356,252), Lookit (1:59.3 - $187,033) and Tymal Recap (1:55.2 - $161,333). Pridecrest didn’t have much luck in his debut performance against OSS Gold Series foes at Georgian Downs on July 13. The shift to the Grassroots level of the OSS program clearly proved to be his cup of tea thanks to his 2:00.3 triumph for the duo of driver Roger Mayotte and trainer Susie Kerwood. The son of Angus Hall-Spilled Milk avoided a pair of breakers in the first turn before muscling his way to the lead in the backstretch. Once he cleared to the lead he strolled through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:31 before kicking home in :29.3 en route to the win. Runner-up Parkhill Lancelot’s late rally came up just a head short, while Jayport All Muscle came first-over and still managed to hang on for the show dough. Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, Ontario bred and owns the maiden-breaking rookie who has won $9,000 to date. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

 Antonio "Tony" Chiaravalle, who campaigned such notables as 1993 Pacer of the Year Presidential Ball, his blazing-fast stablemate Riyadh, and the top free-for-allers Dream Maker and Lime Time, died Monday, June 23, at the age of 78. Before Presidential Ball gave Mr. Chiaravalle a top sophomore stakes contender, Dream Maker and Lime Time put him in the winner's circle for the sport's most prestigious races for older horses. Dream Maker defeated Rambling Willie, Le Baron Rouge, Senor Skipper and Governor's Skipper and won the 1978 Provincial Cup at Windsor and the 1978 Canadian Pacing Derby at Greenwood Raceway. He was voted Canada's Aged Pacer of 1977. To view the rest of this story click here.

TORONTO, May 12 – Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to issue a final reminder to owners/trainers that several stakes payments are due on or before Thursday, May 15, 2014 After a one-year absence, four two-year-old stakes events are returning to the Mohawk stakes calendar. ‪The Dream Maker and Whenuwishuponastar, for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, will return in July. ‪On the two-year-old trotting side, the Define The World (formerly Bridger) and Pure Ivory (formerly In Free) will also re-appear in August. Nominations are also due for a pair of sophomore events, the Summertime and Town Pro. ‪There are numerous sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, $685,000 Metro Stakes, etc. ‪Payments must also be kept up on the 2015 Champlain Stakes, Champlain Filly Stakes (for two-year-olds) along with the Simcoe Stakes, Simcoe Filly Stakes and WEG 2016 SBOA Stakes (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association). The start of the 102-date Mohawk meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 22. To make an online payment, please click the following link: https://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Horsepeople/Standardbred/SBNominationForm.aspx To view the nomination form, please click the following link: http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Racing/Standardbred/Pages/StakesNominations.aspx ‪Envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, April 28 - After a one-year absence, four two-year-old stakes events ‬are returning to the Mohawk stakes calendar. ‪The Dream Maker and Whenuwishuponastar, for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, will return in July.‬   ‪On the two-year-old trotting side, the Define The World (formerly Bridger) and Pure Ivory (formerly In Free) will also re-appear in August.‬ Nominations are also due for a pair of sophomore events, the Summertime and Town Pro. ‪There are numerous sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, $685,000 Metro Stakes, etc. ‪Payments must also be kept up on the 2015 Champlain Stakes, Champlain Filly Stakes (for two-year-olds) along with the Simcoe Stakes, Simcoe Filly Stakes and WEG 2016 SBOA Stakes (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association).‬ All nominations and sustaining payments are due on Thursday, May 15. The start of the 102-date Mohawk meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 22. ‪Envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.‬ ‪To make an online payment, please click the link below:‬  ‪ ‬ https://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Horsepeople/Standardbred/SBNominationForm.aspx ‪To view the nomination form, please click the link below:‬  ‪ http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Racing/Standardbred/Pages/StakesNominations.aspx by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Trot Insider has learned that popular longtime horse owner James 'Jim' Carr passed away on Sunday, April 27. He was in his 70th year. Carr, a native of Hamilton, Ont. made his living as a process server, delivering court documents in Hamilton and Toronto. But it was arguably in the harness racing industry where his deliveries made the most impact. In 2010, a pacing colt by the name of Big Jim turned heads with his 1:51.1. win in the final of the Dream Maker. Carr turned down all of the offers that came in for the James 'Friday' Dean-trained colt. Big Jim didn't win the Metro that year, but he atoned for that loss with wins in the Breeders Crown and world record score in the Governor's Cup to conclude his award-winning season. With every win, Carr would invite anyone interested out to the winner's circle to have their picture taken. Carr could even lift kids up to pet the young stallion, and Big Jim would stand with perfect manners. “We have lots of pictures of five or six kids standing there in front of his front feet," said Carr in a 2010 Trot Magazine interview. "He’s not going anywhere.” “Racing needs all the help it can get,” said his owner on why he invited strangers out for the win photo. “It’s something you can do that doesn’t cost anything.” To read the rest of the story click here.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - During the month of November, Scarborough Downs (Maine) will be accepting bids on a breeding to pacer, BIG JIM (WESTERN IDEAL - BOLD PINK - BIG TOWNER), a donation generously made by Jim Carr of Seelster Farms of Ontario, Canada, where Big Jim is currently standing, to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. The winning bid money will be donated to the One Fund Boston. At the conclusion of his 2-year-old season, Big Jim had compiled a record of 6 wins, all paced in 1:51.1 or faster, 1 second and 2 thirds in just 10 starts, with seasonal earnings of $834,080.    At 3, Big Jim captured the $400,000 New Jersey Classic, an elimination of the Meadowlands Pace, and a division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes.  He finished an impressive second by a neck in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a fast closing third in the $1,500,000 North American Cup.  Retiring with earnings of $1,544,580, Big Jim compiled a record of 10 wins, 3 seconds and 4 thirds in 20 lifetime starts.  Winner of the 2010 O’Brien Award and the USHWA Dan Patch Award for Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, Big Jim dominated his competition in his freshman season.  His stakes victories include his World Record performance of 1:49.1 in the $709,000 Governors Cup, his 1:50.4 track and stakes record in the $600,000 Breeders Crown, just one-fifth of a second off the World Record for a five-eighths mile track, a stakes record of 1:51.1 in the Dream Maker Stakes Final, stakes records of 1:50.2 in both his Metro Stakes elimination and a division of the Champlain Stakes, as well as a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in 1:51.1. Bidding starts at $2,500. (Breeding to Big Jim normally carries a fee of $5,000) Please mail bids in a sealed envelope, including your name, address, email, contact phone number and bid amount from November 1 to November 31, 2013, to: Mike Sweeney  

He has been an integral part of Clinton Raceway’s Legends Day since its inception back in 2001 and will be back again this year on Sunday, August 18. But Ron Waples still can’t get used to the thought of being considered a harness racing ‘living legend’. Those who have followed the incredible career of the double Hall Of Famer would say otherwise. Waples has driven just shy of 7,000 winners and has posted career purse winnings of more than $75 million in the process. Along the way, he has been blessed to sit behind some of the greatest horses ever to look through a bridle – horses like Ralph Hanover, Sugarcane Hanover, Peace Corps, No Sex Please, Dream Maker and Presidential Ball, just to name a few. He has won almost every major race in the sport along the way, including the Hambletonian, Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and nine Breeders Crown titles. “At the time, it’s all just another day at the office,” recalls Waples. “But now, when I reflect back on things, I realize just how fortunate I was to be associated with so many great horses and great people and to enjoy the success that I did.” Waples will be looking to capture his second Legends Day Trot this year after winning the 2003 edition with Carrland Buddy in a then track record of 1:58.2. This will be his seventh consecutive Legends Day appearance and he says it is an experience that never gets old. "I don’t really think of myself as a legend but it’s definitely very special to be asked to take part in something like this. I’m still a fan too and I’ve got to spend this day with some of the guys I’ve idolized myself like the late Buddy Gilmour for example. “It’s always a great day and I love the atmosphere,” he explains. “I am amazed at how many fans come out and they’ll stand in line for a couple of hours just to get autographs. The folks at Clinton go above and beyond on this day and they’ve raised a lot of money for local charities too over the years which makes it even more special.” In fact, the previous six Legends Day events have provided $132,000 that go directly to benefit local charities in the Clinton area. The Legends Day roster this year will include Waples along with Herve Filion, John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, Ray Remmen, Keith Waples, Dave Wall, Clint Galbraith, Bud Fritz, Jim Doherty, Doug Brown and Steve Condren – a group with combined purse winnings of well over half a billion dollars. The $15,000 Legends Day Trot and Ontario Sires Stakes action for two-year-olds will be the highlight races for the afternoon. Fans will have an opportunity to meet this year’s legends and receive autographs starting at 2:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment and pony rides in the park. The Pineridge Barbecue Chicken dinner is scheduled from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tickets $15 each) and Legends T-shirts will be on sale for just $2. All proceeds, along with those from the silent auction that day, will go to the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. For complete details visit www.clintonraceway.com . by Jessica Carnochan  

It was a good night at the office for driver Sylvain Filion as he captured the $50,000 Dream Maker Pacing Series final and both $20,000 opening-round harness racing divisions of the Bridger Trotting Series on Monday evening (July 30) at Mohawk.

When Evenin Of Pleasure begins in the $50,000 Dream Maker Pacing Series final on Monday evening at Mohawk, the harness racing rookie will look to continue his winning ways for his connections.

The second round of the Dream Maker Pacing Series continued at Mohawk on Thursday evening (July 19) featuring 2-year-old pacing colts. Lucan Hanover and Oakville harness racing driver Scott Zeron, captured the fastest of two $30,000 divisions in 1:53.1.

Promising youngsters Talbotcreek Armani and Up Up And Out showcased their talent in a pair of $20,000 opening-round harness racing divisions of the Dream Maker Pacing Series on Monday evening (July 6) at Mohawk.

Reg Petitpas, of Somebeachsomewhere fame, is no stranger to finding himself part of picture-perfect moments. The resident of Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick, who has made countless trips to the harness racing winner's circle across North America, could be in store for more of the same courtesy of Veradero Hanover.

Thinking Out Loud rallied from off-the-pace totake the $50,000 Dream Maker Stakes Final for two-year-old pacers Tuesday night (July 26) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Bob McIntosh homebred took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 in the process with top harness racing driver Randy Waples in the bike.

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