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CAMPELLVILLE, August 17 – Twenty of the sports top freshman pacing fillies were put on display on Saturday evening in a pair of $108,933 divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Precocious Beauty led the way in the first division with a 1:50.2 stakes record to set the tone for next Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations at the Campbellville oval. Driven by Doug McNair, the daughter of Art Major took over command past the quarter in :26.1, before laying down panels of :55.2 and 1:23.2 en route to a six and a half length score. Heavily-favoured Rockingcam Park (Jack Moiseyev) finished second, with Take That Hanover (Randy Waples) third. Trained by Gregg McNair for owner/breeder James Avritt, Precocious Beauty now has a 2-2-0 record from four career starts along with $72,167 in earnings. She paid $6.90. McNair also took the other division with headily-favoured Shes Da Bomb in 1:52. Beginning from post four, Shes Da Bomb was parked to the opening quarter in :28, but quickly marched to command before the half. Mind Over Matter (Chris Christoforou) then took over command to lead past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Turning for home, McNair was able to angle his way out of the pocket and Shes Da Bomb did the rest as she romped by four and three quarter lengths. Mind Over Matter stayed for second, over Beach Gal (Scott Zeron). Trained by Tony O’Sullivan for owner Frank Bellino, Shes Da Bomb remains undefeated in three career starts as her bankroll increased to $70,461. She paid $3.30. Both fillies are eligible to the $430,000E Shes A Great Lady Stakes final on Saturday, August 24, the undercard for the $700,000E Metro Pace. Videos of both races attached. Greg Gangle  

International column by Jerry Connors

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 14 – After his 1:51.3 effort last week, Luck Bewithyou not only established himself as a top contender for this year’s $700,000E Metro Pace, he also became the fastest rookie pacer in Canada so far this season. Driven by Phil Hudon for trainer Bill Cass, the talented son of Western Ideal-Trim Hanover could be in store for a big payday in this year’s Metro Pace edition, Saturday, August 31, at Mohawk. But first, the two-time winner will take on eight rivals in his $81,811 division of the Nassagaweya this Saturday at the Campbellville oval. “There’s absolutely nothing not to like about him,” Hudon said. “He’s a true professional with quick speed and a great attitude. In his first start, he got a little hot on me, but since then he’s two fingers.” The $77,000 yearling purchase also has some terrific bloodlines in his favour being a three-quarter brother to world record holder and millionare American Jewel (1:48.2 - $1,834,823). “Conformation wise, I can’t fault him,” Hudon said. “I’m not exactly sure why he was just a $77,000 yearling given his pedigree and the family he comes from. He’s a medium-sized horse with a solid, compact body to him. He’s all muscle and looks just like a two-year-old should.” Hudon said he wasn’t surprised by Luck Bewithyou’s latest winning effort in 1:51.3 at odds of 19-1. “I put him on the front because I wanted to dictate the pace,” he said. “Down the lane, I stretched him out a little bit, but he was within himself. Speed is certainly not an issue with him and he’s coming into the Nassagaweya in terrific form.” Campaigning a two-year-old in major stakes events is something Hudon has experience in. Just three years ago, Hudon was the pilot behind Big Jim, who captured the Breeders Crown and Governors Cup as a two-year-old before retiring with $1.5 million in purse earnings. “It’s really hard to compare the two because it’s so early in the season,” Hudon said. “Big Jim is a bigger horse than this guy, but both horses certainly have the determination. Wouldn’t it be great if he turned out to be a Big Jim?” Hudon said with a chuckle. Luck Bewithyou has $17,600 in the bank so far this season with a 2-0-0 record from four starts for owner John Craig. Three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes take place this Saturday with many starters eligible for the $700,000E Metro Pace beginning on Saturday August 24. The field will line up as follows: Race 7 1) Carracci Hanover 2) Luck Be Withyou 3) Three Of Clubs 4) Here Comes William 5) Boomboom Ballykeel 6) Ari Allstar 7) Arthur Blue Chip 8) Journeyman 9) Beat The Drum   Race 9 1) Idealbeach Hanover 2) Twin B Speedo 3) Western Vintage 4) Goldin Parachute 5) Some Major Beach 6) For A Bettor Time
 7) Somewhere In L A 
8) Crafty Master
 9) Im Drinkin Doubles   Race 10
 1) Blacktree
 2) Canadian Edition 
3) Victor Bayama
 4) Play It Again Sam 
5) Twin B Spy 
6) Marco De Vie
 7) Surprise Hanover 
8) Major Trick
 9) Winds Of Change   Also on Friday’s programme, a pair of $108,922 divisions of the Eternal Camnation will take place feauturing the sports top rookie filly pacers. Many contestants are eligible to the $430,000E final also on Saturday, August 31.   The fields will line up as follows:   Race 3 1) Palm Beach Hanover
 2) Bahama Blue
 3) Wanna Rock N Roll
 4) Rockingcam Park
 5) Kay J Jet
 6) Precocious Beauty
 7) Take That Hanover
 8) Hare To Eternity 
9) Sudoku
 10) Lyons Katrina

 Race 5
 1) Mind Over Matter 
2) Sherkin Hanover
 3) Beach Gal
 4) Act Now
 5) Badlyinclined 
6) Seashell Hanover
 7) Shes Da Bomb
 8) Barefoot Beauty
 9) I Need Hotstuff 
10) Impatience   Post time is set for 7:25 p.m.   by Greg Gangle  

August 10, 2013 – After a busy period of stakes races, this past week was a welcomed quiet week for HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs as there were only three divisions of the E.H. Harriman Cup contested at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  At the end of the three race sprint, Garnet Barnsdale came out on top for the week showing a net profit of $145.  For the overall contest, there were no changes in positions as Richard Scott remains in first place with a $600 lead.   In an example of “Quality over Quantity”, Barnsdale made four wagers over the three race slate yet only one wager was a winner, but it was a good one as he had a $5 Trifecta key in the second division of the Harriman which paid $235.00.  The second place finisher for the week Earl Paulson cashed in on all his wagers yet he showed only a net profit of $79.50 for the three races. The contest standings are:     Standings as of August 7, 2013   Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($44.70) $747.59   1st 4 2nd Ann Stepien $2.00 $147.45 ($600.14) 2nd 0 3rd Rusty Nash $29.70 $49.73 ($697.86) 3rd 1 4th Dennis O'Hara ($24.20) ($213.65) ($961.24) 4th 2 5th Earl Paulson $79.50 ($355.85) ($1,103.44) 5th 2 6th Mark McKelvie ($15.00) ($622.24) ($1,369.83) 6th 0 7th Ray Garnett ($70.00) ($1,114.15) ($1,861.74) 7th 1 8th Gordon Waterstone ($25.00) ($1,250.60) ($1,998.19) 8th 3 9th Garnet Barnsdale $145.00 ($1,342.00) ($2,089.59) 9th 6 10th Sally Hinckley ($21.75) ($1,606.65) ($2,354.24) 10th 0   Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Key Hits  Garnet Barnsdale - $5 Trifecta Key ($30 total) in the second division of the Harriman paid $235; Rusty Nash - $10 Exacta in the first division paid $31; Earl Paulson - $15 Exacta Box ($30) in the second division paid $94.50. Contest Schedule This Week Monday, August 12 – Springfield - $20,000(Est.) Review Stakes (2yos, colts and geldings/fillies, pace/trot) Tuesday, August 13 – Springfield - $20,000(Est.) Review Stakes (3yos, colts and geldings/fillies, pace/trot) Wednesday, August 14 – Harrah’s Philadelphia - $66,000(Est.) Acorn Stakes (2yo filly trot) Saturday, August 17 -  Mohawk Racetrack - $200,000(Est.) Eternal Camnation (2yo filly pace), $250,000(Est.) Nassagaweya (2yo Open Pace); Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs - $500,000(Gtd.) Battle of the Brandywine (3yo Open Pace, $500,000(Gtd.) Colonial (3yo Open Trot), $350,000(Gtd.) Valley Forge (3yo filly pace); Saratoga Harness - $270,000(Est.) Joe Gerrity (Open Pace); Red Shores Charlottetown (CDP) - $60,000 (Gtd.) Gold Cup  and Saucer (Open) by Allan Schott  

This Week: Currier & Ives (colt and filly divisions), The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Armbro Flight, Elegantimage, North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Goodtimes eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Roll With Joe and Artiscape, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.

Dalhousie Dave carried on the real hot run of harness racing trainer Tony O'Sullivan who cannot do no wrong as the wins keep piling up as it was tonight in the $45,000 Open on Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation stakes night at Mohawk Raceway.

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