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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Bettors Up, driven by Doug McNair, pulled off a 11-1 upset by a mere nose in the $440,000 Fan Hanover Final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. Bettors Up got away third while Agent Q and Al Mar Got A Fever battled for the early lead into the first turn. A parked out Agent Q stuck the front as they blasted by the quarter pole in :26.4. Bettors Up then made a quick rush to the lead before the :55.1 half. The 9-5 heavy favourite, Idyllic Beach, who was sitting fourth, was hoping to catch second-over cover so when Al Mar Got A Fever made a bid for the lead from third, the bettor's choice followed. Bettors Up remained the leader as they passed the three-quarter marker in 1:22.1. Agent Q, who was sitting second, was fed open racetrack and added pressure to Bettors Up. The pair dueled strides before the wire but Bettors Up poked a nose in front to score the victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Agent Q was second in the photo finish and Tequila Monday finished third. Idyllic Beach was advancing from fourth to third but broke stride momentarily, which resulted in her finishing fourth. "I thought (she held on)," said McNair. "I got my hopes up a little bit after and I kind of had to relax a bit. She is not a very big filly so I wasn't quite sure." "There wasn't a lot of leavers," he added. "I actually tried to get away in the two-hole behind Dave [Miller and Agent Q]. It didn't work out. But it actually worked out the right away for us. I had to revoke her back to the lead and she did the rest." The daughter of Bettor's Delight and Fresh Idea, who is trained by Scott McEneny, notched her second victory of the season and eighth career triumph. With the win, the filly lifts her career earnings to $456,499 for Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. "She had a good week," said trainer McEneny. "She drew well and she raced really tough last week so I was very happy with her race last week. Things worked out tonight." Bettors Up finished second her in her elimination behind Tequila Monday. Bettors Up paid $24.40, 10.40 and $4.80, combining with Agent Q ($10.40, $5.50) for a $280.40 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-5 (Tequila Monday, $2.60) triactor was worth $782.70, while a $1 superfecta [1-7-5-4 (Idyllic Beach)] returned $3,649.35. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

Idyllic Beach spent a lot of time near the front of a lot of races last year, but harness racing driver driver Yannick Gingras says the filly doesn't need to be setting fractions to be successful. "I really like her versatility," said Gingras, who will drive the award-winning Idyllic Beach in Saturday's C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. "As a 2-year-old maybe she was a little ahead of the other ones early on. I think I maybe got caught up racing on the front too many times and at the end of the year she was a little tired. "But she can do it either way. She's got huge speed, but you can use her anytime you want. If I can race her from behind I think she's better chasing down horses. But if it's a slow pace we'll take it." Last year Idyllic Beach won eight of 14 races and never finished worse than third on her way to $647,678 in earnings for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. She received Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old filly pacer in the U.S. and Canada. Idyllic Beach led at the first quarter of six races last year and was in front at the half-mile point 11 times. Only once was she worse than second at the half, when she rallied from sixth to win her elimination for the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk. A week later she captured the final to join her dam, Idyllic, as a winner of the event. This year, Idyllic Beach is unbeaten in two starts. She won her Fan Hanover elimination by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:51. She was fourth at the half. "She was very good," said Gingras, who won the 2006 Fan Hanover with Darlin's Delight. "She needed the start. I think it will do her a lot of good and she'll be even better this week." Idyllic Beach, a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, is the 9-5 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Tequila Monday at 8-5. Takter has won four of the last six editions of the Fan Hanover, including last year's with Pure Country. He has five Fan Hanover trophies overall. Tequila Monday won her Fan Hanover elimination in 1:50.4 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday has won seven of 10 career races, including last year's New York Sire Stakes championship and this year's Lismore Pace, and never finished worse than second. She has earned $303,853. "The race could go a lot of different ways; I'm not really sure," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "If it's a slow pace I'm racing on the front, if it's a fast pace I'm racing from behind. So we'll see how that goes. "Tequila Monday was really good too last week, but I'm confident in my horse. She's got a big-time shot in there." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Following is the field for the Fan Hanover Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny-6/1 2-Al-Mar-Got A Fever-Trevor Henry-Mike Weller-10/1 3-She's Watching-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-12/1 4-Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-9/5 5-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes-8/5 6-Action Majesty-Sylvain Filion-Gregg McNair-15/1 7-Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert-10/1 8-Future Headlines-Tim Tetrick-Colin Johnson-25/1 9-Roaring To Go-Brett Miller-Kevin Lare-15/1 10-Dancing Shadows K-Randy Waples-Rod Boyd-25/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 14 - Following a second-place finish to odds-on favourite Tequila Monday in an elimination for the Fan Hanover last week, Bettors Up, a Bettor's Delight filly from the Western Hanover mare Fresh Ideal, returns for the $440,000 final on Saturday's (June 17) North America Cup harness racing undercard. "She was a pretty good filly last year--she won in 1:51 in a division of Pennsylvania Sires [Stakes at The Meadows]," said Scott McEneny, who trains Bettors Up for owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny. Over 14 starts in her career, Bettors Up has won seven, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) and a division of the Eternal Camnation last year, compiling $227,749 in earnings. She has made four starts this year, improving from a seventh-place finish in her debut against conditioned mares on May 6 to a sharp 1:51.1 victory on June 2nd ahead of the Fan Hanover eliminations. "Coming back up here to Canada we had a tough spring to get them ready," McEneny said, "A lot of rain, so getting some fast miles in them was tough. She had a couple of starts under her belt, but then I put her on Lasix [May 26] and it seemed to help her. We had missed three weeks [after scratching sick from a Sires Stake], so she needed that race because she's not a really good trainer; she's really lazy. "She's not a very big filly, but she's filled out over the year. She doesn't wear very long hopples--she just has a big heart. We paid $15,000 for her and she has a good pedigree, but her biggest problem is her size." As a two-year-old, Bettors Up's only other stakes venture following PASS action was in the Three Diamonds at Woodbine Racetrack. She finished sixth in the final. "The final of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes was at Chester and she just didn't like that track," McEneny said. "When I raced her there the first time, she hit her knee real badly (because she never wore knee boots), and so I was fighting a bad knee the whole year. "Then we had six weeks off before any other stakes, and I think she just got a little stale; just wasn't sharp." Last Saturday, Bettors Up was sent to the front, attempting to wire the field in the second of two Fan Hanover eliminations before being caught in the final strides by Tequila Monday, who won by a length in 1:50.4. "I knew she'd be good because she likes to race tough. When she won in [1]:51, Doug McNair raced her first up," McEneny said. "I think she got a little lazy up front in the elimination, plus I thought we could've gotten the third-quarter to be a little slower; Scotty Zeron [driving Shes Watching] was coming kind of hard, so she went a big third-quarter but still came home in :27. I was pretty happy with her." Tequila Monday got the better of Bettors Up in their elimination, while Idyllic Beach took care of business in the other split. The elimination winners will likely be the favourites at post-time, but McEneny feels his filly, who will start from the rail, can be right with them and be a player. "That was a tough filly that beat her," McEneny said. "Some of the other fillies, like Idyllic Beach, we've beaten before, so I think she can go with them. It's going to come down to who gets the right trip and there are four, five, six good fillies in there. It's not going to be a cake walk for anybody." Here is the field for Saturday's $440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes. 1. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight (Doug McNair/Scott McEneny) 2. Al Mar Got A Fever by Third Straight (Trevor Henry/Mike Weller) 3. Shes Watching by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 4. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5. Tequila Monday by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 6. Action Majesty  by Royal Mattjesty (Sylvain Filion/Gregg McNair) 7. Agent Q  by Western Terror (David Miller/Aaron Lambert) 8. Future Headlines by Sportswriter (Tim Tetrick/Colin Johnson) 9. Roaring To Go by Art Major (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 10. Dancing Shadows K  by Shadow Play (Randy Waples/Rod Boyd) Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

Columbus, OH --- Despite not growing taller over her winter vacation, Roaring To Go certainly transitioned from an awkward teenager to a young lady after her third birthday. In fact, her harness racing conditioner Kevin Lare compares her much more mature appearance and potential to perform to the sculpted physique and celebrity status of none other than superstar Jennifer Lopez. The now 3-year-old filly, who was in the hunt for divisional honors last year as a freshman prior to her fourth place finish in the Breeders Crown, will attempt to snare the spotlight once again when her considerable talents will be on display in the first of two C$35,000 eliminations for the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (June 10). “I tell everyone she looks just like JLo,” said Lare. “She has all the curves in the right places as she really filled out her frame. She has that nice big chest now and that well-rounded butt. She just looks great and she has always had such a terrific attitude. She is not a horse that is loving, but is just grumpy enough for a mare or filly to be very good. “She is also right where we want her to be right now as she had that really nice qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:53.1 (May 23, defeating Prairie Sweetheart). All I wanted was to not draw the eight-hole or have to face Tequila Monday in her first start (in a New York Sire stakes leg on June 2) and one of those wishes was granted, but I was very happy with her race (second to Tequila Monday). “She has trained enough to be fit and the last race and this race this weekend should have her race-tight to fire her best in the Fan Hanover final. I couldn’t ask for anything more from her.” Owned by Frank Chick, Roaring To Go will have the services of regular pilot Brett Miller when she commences her mile from post two in the evening’s fifth contest. She is the second selection on the morning line (4-1) behind Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner Idyllic Beach (6-5, Yannick Gingras), recent Ontario Sire Stakes Gold winner Soiree Seelster (6-1, Sylvain Filion) and a filly that looks to be improving in Jaye’s A Lady (8-1, Louis-Philippe Roy). “All I know is there are eight other very talented fillies in there,” Lare said. “There is no Tequila Monday in this one, who I think is the one to beat right now after that mile she went to win the Lismore Pace, but all these fillies are so good. That’s why we race them; anything can happen and any one of them can win. I’m just thrilled we have a horse with enough ability to be in there with them.” Roaring To Go, a daughter of Art Major-Lionness Hanover, was purchased for $16,000 at the 2015 Goshen Yearling Sale and her dam is a half-sibling to Lookout Hanover (The Panderosa, $405,774), Long Fight Hanover (Allamerican Native, $162,337) and Lonewolf Currier (The Panderosa, $483,601). The filly has collected $307,079 from a record of 15-7-4-0 and established the track record for her age, sex and gender at Saratoga (1:54) last July. Roaring To Go has also defeated Idyllic Beach in a 1:50.4 mile in a $73,000 division of the Bluegrass Stake at Red Mile and hit the wire before New York Sire Stakes and Lismore Pace champion Tequila Monday in the $225,000 Sire Stakes final, only to be placed second for a brief venture inside the pylons. After her success in Kentucky, the filly scored a powerful triumph in her $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination while leaving Lismore Pace runner-up Agent Q and the aforementioned Idyllic Beach in her wake. Lare, who has a Breeders Crown trophy for guiding the career of the late, great Snow White, was understandably very confident Roaring To Go had a strong opportunity to bring home the hardware for his close friend and long-time colleague Chick. After decades in the industry, Chick still does not possess a Breeders Crown championship and Lare felt this was an excellent opportunity to remedy that situation. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as the filly was fourth after setting the middle fractions and tired in the lane to finish behind winner Someomensomewhere, Agent Q and Idyllic Beach. She did, however, have an extremely excellent reason for not visiting the winner’s circle that evening. “We didn’t know if we were going to even race her right up until we were warming her up that night,” Lare said. “We changed barns and she was really sick. She even went off her feed, which isn’t like her, and was filled up with mucus. About two days before the final she started feeling better, but we still thought we were going to have to scratch her right up until we were getting her ready to go to the gate and she was very responsive, so we decided to keep her in. She raced so well considering the week she had and it’s just like us when we get sick. It takes us some time to rebound even though you feel better and I think that’s what happened with her. The sickness zapped her ability to pace home strongly, but we were really proud of her. “But we were also really disappointed, because we had hoped to supplement her to the Matron, as it’s Frank’s home track and then finish the year in Canada. Frank asked me what I thought and I told him to just shut her down to concentrate on this year, so that’s what we did.” Roaring To Go opened her 2017 season with a second in a qualifying race at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 16. Although she did not win, she paced her final quarter-mile in :26.2, then won her second qualifying contest prior to her second place finish in her pari-mutuel debut on June 2 in New York Sire Stakes competition at Saratoga. If all continues to go according to plan, the filly will have numerous opportunities to demonstrate abilities that could propel her to the very top of her division. “The idea was to bring her back a little later because it is a long season,” Lare said. “She has 23 or 24 starts this year including the Sire Stakes and all her stakes races. After the Fan Hanover, she will head back to the States to be in the James Lynch at Pocono, then go to Yonkers and Batavia for some Sire Stakes races. “She will need to give her very best in every race. All these fillies are fast and they can all win every time out. While we are looking forward to the whole season with her, we also want to focus on those races in the fall; especially after what happened last year.” Lare definitely is excited about what will transpire with Roaring To Go’s season and future, as she was a surprise to her connections, who felt she was a nice horse, but did not realize just how fast she was until she proved herself as her 2-year-old campaign progressed. The filly, however, has some company in the shedrow which also has Lare and Chick eagerly anticipating the fruits of their labors in 2017. “We have definitely put in some work over the winter and now it’s time to see what we have,” Lare said. “We have 12 2-year-olds we are very happy with, including a full brother to Wakizashi Hanover and a half-sister to Yankee Bounty, who Frank owned and then sold. “I had to talk Frank into going to Kentucky with Roaring To Go last year and he had never been. Of course it is always better when you win your first time there like he did, but I kept trying to tell him how Lexington is; the horsemen all come together and everyone is so kind and congratulatory. Now he wants to go again, which we are with her and those two 2-year-olds, but he was asking me about staking each one down there this year; he has never done that before. It’s just great to see him this way about it as he breaks each horse himself before they ever change addresses to come to me. Hopefully all that hard work pays off again and there will be many more trips for him to Kentucky in the future.” Fan Hanover - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Al Mar Got A Fever - Third Straight - (Brian Sears - Mike Weller) 2. Roaring To Go - Art Major - (Brett Miller - Kevin Lare) 3. Soiree Seelster - Big Jim - (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 4. Jayes A Lady - McArdle - (Brett Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Dancing Shadows K - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Rod Boyd) 6. Future Headlines - Sportswriter - (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson) 7. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 8. Blameitonthenight  - Mach Three - (Jonathan Drury - Tony Alagna) 9. Roselily - Big Jim - (Travis Cullen - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #2 (Race 7) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - (David Miller - Aaron Lambert) 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 3. Action Majesty - Royal Mattjesty - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 4. Dudesalady - Shadow Play - (TBA - Howard Okusko Jr) 5. American Sara - American Ideal - (Sylvain Filion - Murray Brethour) 6. Tequila Monday - American Ideal - (Brian Sears - Chris Oakes) 7. Shes Watching - Rocknroll Hanover - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Bettors Up - Bettor's Delight - (Doug McNair - Scott McEneny) 9. Someomensomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Aint Three Ok - Mach Three - (Trevor Henry - Mike Weller) For entries for the full card, which includes North America Cup and Roses Are Red eliminations, please click here.   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 6 - The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations may snag most of the headlines, but Friday and Saturday's cards of harness racing are flooded with stars of the sport competing in a variety of elimination races. Saturday evening's card features the eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes and Roses Are Red. A total of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies have been split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Fan Hanover. Idyllic Beach (PP7, Yannick Gingras), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady Stakes, will look to create more magic at Mohawk in the first elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won eight of 14 starts as a rookie and is one for one to start her three-year-old campaign. The second elimination will see Tequila Monday (PP6, Brian Sears) make her Mohawk debut. The Chris Oakes trainee is coming into the Fan Hanover off victories in the $140,770 Lismore at Yonkers and a division of the New York Sires Stakes at Saratoga. The daughter of American Ideal won four of five starts as a rookie and has a career record of six wins in nine starts. A field of nine will battle in the first elimination (Race 5), while ten pacing fillies will compete in the second split (Race 7). The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $440,000 Fan Hanover final. The Roses Are Red Stakes will require three $35,000 eliminations for the second year in a row, as 23 of the finest older pacing mares will display their talents at Mohawk. Four-year-old Pure Country (PP7, Brett Miller) will look to continue her success at Mohawk and pick up her first victory of the season in the first elimination. The Takter trainee won the Fan Hanover final and the Simcoe Stakes last season at Mohawk. The second elimination will see local star Sandbetweenurtoes (PP3, Doug McNair) attempt to protect her home track. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old has won eight of 16 starts this season and has racked up the dollars in the WEG Mares Preferred. Sandbetweenurtoes has banked over $150,000 this season for owner Brad Grant and is less than $70,000 away from reaching $1 million in career earnings. Division leader Lady Shadow (PP5, Yannick Gingras) highlights the third elimination. The Ron Adams trained five-year-old has picked right up where she left off at the end of last season, with victories in the Chip Noble Memorial and Betsy Ross to sit two for two entering the Roses Are Red eliminations. Lady Shadow won 12 of 20 starts last season and banked over $900,000. Her career earnings currently sit at $1.9 million. The top-three finishers, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $365,000 Roses Are Red final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2, 6 and 10. The stakes action isn't limited to Saturday night this weekend at Mohawk, as Friday evening's card will also have plenty of eliminations for Pepsi North America Cup night stakes. The Armbro Flight for trotting mares and Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters will each have two eliminations on Friday evening. Superstar trotter Hannelore Hanover is back to defend her Armbro Flight crown in the first of two $35,000 seven-horse eliminations. The Ron Burke trainee is one for two this season after winning 17 of 20 and banking over $1.1 million last season. Hannelore Hanover's most recent start was an easy-looking victory in a division of the Miss Versatility on May 22. The second split features last season's top-two three-year-old trotting fillies, as Broadway Donna (PP1, David Miller) and Caprice Hill (PP2, Doug McNair) will clash for the first-time in the older ranks. Broadway Donna, a winner of over $1.2 million, finished third against male counterparts in a division of the Graduate on Saturday at Mohawk, while Caprice Hill is coming in off a victory in her four-year-old debut last Friday at Mohawk. The top-five finishers from each Armbro Flight split will advance to the $253,000 final on Saturday, June 17. A group of 17 three-year-old trotters have been divided into two $30,000 Goodtimes eliminations. Wellwood Memorial winner Seven And Seven (PP4, Tom Durand) will make his three-year-old debut in the nine-horse opening split. The son of Chapter Seven won four of eight starts and banked $226,768 last season. Snowstorm Hanover (PP3, Matt Kakaley), who won last year's Valley Victory at Woodbine, will hope a return to Canadian soil will help him get back into the winner's circle, as the Burke trainee is winless in three starts this season. The second elimination, which has a field of eight, is headlined by Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champ Mass Production (PP3, Rick Zeron). The gelded son of Muscle Mass made a break in his only start this season after winning five of nine and banking $285,673 as a rookie. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $251,000 Goodtimes final on Saturday, June 17. The eliminations are carded as Races 5 and 8 on Friday. Post time on Friday and Saturday night is 7:30 p.m. The finals of all the stakes eliminations being contested this weekend will take place on the Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 17. Total purses for Pepsi North America Cup night will exceed $2.4 million. Tickets are currently available for the Pepsi North America Cup and can be purchased by clicking here. Below are the full fields for the eliminations of the Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover.   Friday, June 9 Armbro Flight - Sire - Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 2. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Non Stick - Lucky Chucky - (Chris Christoforou - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Oho Diamond - Ken Warkentin - (Chris Christoforou - Renaldo Morales III) 5. Ready Any Time - Kadabra - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 6. Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - (Trevor Henry - Chris Beaver) 7. Renegade Magic - Kadabra - (Trevor Henry - Jeffrey Thomson)   Armbro Flight - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 2. Caprice Hill - Kadaba - (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 3. Lady Ping - Muscle Mass - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 4. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Randy Waples - Paul Reid) 5. Charmed Life - Majestic Son - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 6. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - (Tim Tetrick - Peter Shody) 7. Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - (Chris Christoforou - Dagfin Henriksen)   Goodtimes - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Ice Hockey Hanover - Donato Hanover - (Paul MacDonell - Mike Keeling) 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 4. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - (Tom Durand - Tom Durand) 5. Guardian Angel As - Archangel - (Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon) 6. Scene A Magician - Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev - Jennifer Pinkerton) 7. Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 8. Dunbar Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson) 9. International Moni - Love You - (Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci)   Goodtimes - Elimination #2 (Race 8) 1. Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - (Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci) 2. Manssive -  Muscle Mass - (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr) 3. Mass Production - Muscle Mass - (Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron) 4. Resita - Manofmanymission - (Randy Waples - Per Henriksen) 5. Enterprise - Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander) 6. Awol Hanover - Donato Hanover - (TBA - Luc Blais) 7. Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Sylvain Filion - Paul Reid) 8. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke)   Saturday, June 10 Roses Are Red - Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Witch Dali - Dali - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 2. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - (Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder) 3. Bernadette - Big Jim - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 4. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Lakeisha Hall - Third Straight - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 6. Frost Damage Blues - Western Ideal - (Brett Miller - Tom Fanning) 7. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Penpal - American Ideal - (Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance) 2. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron - Tony O'Sullivan) 3. Sandbetweenurtoes - Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 4. Windsun Glory - Mach Three - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 5. Nike Franco N - McArdle - (Tim Tetrick - Joann Looney King) 6. Solar Sister - Mach Three - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 7. Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Lyons River Pride - Somebeachsomewhere - (Jody Jamieson - Bruce Goit)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #3 (Race 10) 1. Wrangler Magic - Mach Three - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 2. Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 3. Seventimesavirgin - Always A Virgin - (John De Long - John De Long) 4. Waasmula - Million Dollar Cam - (Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit) 5. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 6. Lay Lady Lay - Up The Credit - (Trevor Henry - Chris Matthews) 7. Prairie Sweetheart - Royal Milennium - (Matt Kakaley - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Ms Mac N Cheese - Badlands Hanover - (Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Al Mar Got A Fever - Third Straight - (Brian Sears - Mike Weller) 2. Roaring To Go - Art Major - (Brett Miller - Kevin Lare) 3. Soiree Seelster - Big Jim - (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 4. Jayes A Lady - McArdle - (Brett Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Dancing Shadows K - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Rod Boyd) 6. Future Headlines - Sportswriter - (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson) 7. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 8. Blameitonthenight  - Mach Three - (Jonathan Drury - Tony Alagna) 9. Roselily - Big Jim - (Travis Cullen - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #2 (Race 7) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - (David Miller - Aaron Lambert) 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 3. Action Majesty - Royal Mattjesty - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 4. Dudesalady - Shadow Play - (TBA - Howard Okusko Jr) 5. American Sara - American Ideal - (Sylvain Filion - Murray Brethour) 6. Tequila Monday - American Ideal - (Brian Sears - Chris Oakes) 7. Shes Watching - Rocknroll Hanover - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Bettors Up - Bettor's Delight - (Doug McNair - Scott McEneny) 9. Someomensomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Aint Three Ok - Mach Three - (Trevor Henry - Mike Weller) Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18... Pure Country, driven by Brett Miller, showed she has off-the-pace power when she captured the $438,000 Fan Hanover final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The Jimmy Takter pupil followed mid-pack as elimination winner Good Will Hanover laid down fractions of :26.1, :54.3 for the half and 1:22.2 for three-quarters. Into the final turn, a first-up Lindwood Beachgirl put pressure on the tempo-setter as Newborn Sassy followed second-over. Pure Country, the 2-1 favourite, found live third-over flow after being shuffled back to seventh. Pure Country angled off cover at the head of the lane, and once the pacing miss was fed open racetrack, she marched past her foes to capture the rich final in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.3. Darlinonthebeach finished second, one length behind the victress. L A Delight got up for third. "There is nothing better than owning and breeding, and then ending up winning one of these races like this," said Diamond Creek Racing's Adam Bowden. "He [Brett Miller] was third-over coming off the final turn. She looked like she was full of pace and I was confident." Pure Country notched her second victory of the season and 12th lifetime. With the win, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Western Montana earns millionaire status, lifting her career earnings to $1,178,953 for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing. Pure Country paid $6.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 18) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$438,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$268,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$267,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will host the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for 4-year-old horses and geldings. Tioga Downs rounds out the weekend of Grand Circuit racing on Sunday (June 19) with the $179,000 Roll With Joe for open pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadows and Tioga Downs entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial held on a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs. Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public's selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O'Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations on Saturday night (June 11) at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $39,500 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going, then made a bid for the lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. Betting Line notched his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heather's Western lifted his career earnings to $473,280 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by a half-length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favorite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michael's Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifted his career earnings to $639,455 for Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 126; 3. Daniel Dube - 120; 4. Yannick Gingras - 112; 5. Matt Kakaley - 110. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 198; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 168; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Clyde Francis - 82.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 110; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 57.15; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.15; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadowlands will host the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters on Friday (June 24), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 25). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The Canadian harness racing breeding industry had a stellar day yesterday at Mohawk with several of the day's features captured by stock sired by Canadian based stallions. Leading the way was the evergreen Mach Three who had a day to remember. His three year old daughter Wrangler Magic took out the $479,000 Fan Hanover in 1:50.2 and another daughter in Solar Sister flashed home late for an unlucky third in the same race. Physicallyinclined, a son of Mach Three who missed the North American Cup Final after having no luck in his division last week, showed he wouldn't have been out of it in the big dance when he easily won the $75,000 North American Cup consolation in a sharp 1:49 after starting from barrier eight.  Mach Three progeny also won two other races on the undercard in a timely reminder to breeders of what a great stallion he is. The great trotting mare Bee A Magician was her old self once again, completely dominating the $272,000 Armbro Flight, clearing out for an easy victory in a smart 1:51.4. It was the daughter of Kadabra's 37th lifetime victory and took her earnings to $3,174,386 and it looks like there is plenty more to come. Another Canadian based sire to taste victory on the day was Shadow Play. His outstanding daughter Lady Shadow franked her good form this season with a dominant win in the $350,000 Roses Are Red in a very sharp 1:48.3 It was Lady Shadow's 14th career victory and took her earning to $692,679. The other highlight on the day for Canadian breeders was the victory by Hemi Seelster in the $233,000 Goodtimes Final for three year old trotters. A son of the first crop of the Ontario based sire Holiday Road 1:52.4 ($426,200), Hemi Seelster was aided by a couple of the favourites galloping but he still got the job done in 1:54 Those results yesterday at Mohawk were a timely to North American breeders that  the Canadian based stallions can more than hold their own against all comers. Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20 - Wrangler Magic delivered the performance of her harness racing career to win the $479,000 Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk. A impressive field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies, including 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady, lined up to contest the Fan Hanover. Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion showed early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Sassa Hanover, who handed JK Shesalady her first loss last week, brushed to the front in the second-quarter from fourth and posted a half of :54.4. Around the final turn, JK Shesalady was forced to come first up from fifth and grinded her way up to the leader's wheel at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Wrangler Magic came off the cones to battle with Sassa Hanover, while JK Shesalady didn't have her kick once again. Wrangler Magic was able to surge by the leader and paced off to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:50.2. "She (Wrangler Magic) showed it last year at the end of the year, she started coming on really good," said trainer Stephane Larocque, following the race. "Yves Filion did just an amazing job (developing Wrangler Magic) to get her to be so good and sound this year and right now she's awesome." The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover) and Solar Sister (Mach Three)  finished second and third, while Sassa Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Wrangler Magic is owned by Thomas Kyron, Maurice Stewart, Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. The Fan Hanover victory was the first in five starts this season and third overall for the Larocque trainee. Wrangler Magic's career earnings now exceed $450,000 and the clocking of 1:50.2 is a new career best. Wrangler Magic paid $13.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

Sassa Hanover got "a perfect trip" in winning her elimination for Saturday's C$479,000 Fan Hanover for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers and trainer Ron Burke is now hoping for a perfect ending to her stakes trip to Mohawk Racetrack by posting a victory in the final. Last weekend, Sassa Hanover won her elimination by a half-length over Wrangler Magic in 1:49.4 - a time faster than all but two Fan Hanover finals in history. Sassa Hanover was sixth midway through the race, but followed the cover of favorite JK She'salady around the last turn before taking the lead in the stretch. JK She'salady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, finished fourth in suffering the first loss of her 14-race career, but still advanced to the Fan Hanover final. Following the race, trainer Nancy Johansson said the filly scoped sick. Sassa Hanover has won 11 of 16 career races, including last year's Matron Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion, and finished worse than second only once. She faced JK She'salady twice last season, finishing second in both her elimination for the Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown final. "I've always had faith in her," said Burke, who owns Sassa Hanover with The Panhellenic Stable Corp., the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Larry Karr. "She's a very good filly. She got the perfect trip and she did what you're supposed to do when you get a perfect trip." Sassa Hanover, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Sayo Hanover, has won two of three races this year. She entered her Fan Hanover elimination off a second-place finish as the favorite in the Lismore Pace on May 30 at Yonkers. "The only backward step was the race at Yonkers and we really don't know why," Burke said about the winner of $544,422 in lifetime purses. "There were bitty reasons, but not big reasons why she should have been just average that day. Not that she was bad, but she wasn't herself. So it was nice to see her come back vicious. "She's had a perfect schedule into this race and it should lead to her being very sharp I think." Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start the Fan Hanover final from post three and are the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. JK She'salady, who starts from post five with driver Tim Tetrick, is the 9-5 favorite. Moonlit Dance, who won the other elimination in 1:50.4, leaves from post two with driver James MacDonald at the lines for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. She is 4-1. "I think (Sassa Hanover) is the favorite now," said Burke, who also sends out 20-1 Storm Point in the Fan Hanover final. "Nancy's filly is a great filly, but it always scares me when one of mine is not perfect to only have seven days to get it perfect. (JK She'salady) is a champion, though, and maybe she can handle it. But I like my position right now a little bit better." Johansson said Tuesday afternoon that JK She'salady's condition was improving. "She seems like she's heading in the right direction," Johansson said. "We had her scoped (Tuesday) and it was day and night better than what it was Saturday. I'm happy about that. She seems much more alert, so that's always a good sign. Hopefully we can keep her that way. So far so good." JK She'salady, a daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady with $901,123 in the bank, was making only her second start of the season in her Fan Hanover elimination. She won a New York Sire Stakes division on May 25 at Tioga Downs and entered last weekend's race off a 1:51.3 qualifier win at the Meadowlands. "It's not really disappointing considering I think she raced a good race," Johansson said. "She paced (1):50.2 first up for a ways. "In some sense, it worked out. If she was in the other division she might have won and we would have been standing around saying how great she was. We might not have realized how sick she was because that race went a full second slower and the stress factor is a lot less. Now you look into it a little more because she was extended. I'm happy to know that she was sick so I could work on it for this week." Whereas the connections of elimination winners earned the right to select their posts, Johansson sweated out the open draw for the remaining spots on the gate. "I was so nervous when they started drawing the race, but it couldn't have worked out any better," said Johansson, who trains JK She'salady for breeder/owner 3 Brothers Stables. "From (post five) maybe she can work out a little more of a trip than what she's been able to in the past. I think she's been first up in about 90 percent of her lifetime starts. It's time for her to get a nice trip." Following is the field for the Fan Hanover in post order, by sire, with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Better Said, by Well Said - Scott Zeron, Linda Toscano, 12-1 2. Moonlit Dance, by Art Major - James MacDonald, Tony O'Sullivan, 4-1 3. Sassa Hanover, by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2 4. Doctor Terror, by Wester Terror - Corey Callahan, Blake MacIntosh, 10-1 5. JK She'salady,  by Art Major - Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 9-5 6. Solar Sister, by Mach Three - Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 6-1 7. Wrangler Magic, by Mach Three - Sylvain Filion, Stephane Larocque, 8-1 8. Storm Point, by Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 20-1 9. Single Me, by Bettor's Delight - David Miller, Tony O'Sullivan, 20-1 10. The Show Returns, by Rocknroll Hanover - John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 30-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and The Graduate Series third leg, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 20) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$479,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$350,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$272,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters and the C$233,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Friday night (June 19) will see Meadowlands Racetrack host the $100,000 third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers. Two-time Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick leads a full field of 10 in the trot, while 12 horses will race in the pace, slated for the added distance of 1-1/8 miles. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadowlands entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $175,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of the Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11-year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first-over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled Again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went offstride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck over stablemate Clear Vision, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Five sets of eliminations for this weekend's Mohawk stakes finals were also part of last week's Grand Circuit action. Leading the way were the finest 3-year-old pacing colts on the continent facing off in three Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover all turned in victories heading into this weekend's C$1 million final. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11-for-11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the horse's owner George Teague Jr., busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Following the impressive first elim win by Wiggle It Jiggleit, it was heavily-favored In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did, but just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck the front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who finished second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers. He has taken 10 of 15 overall for trainer Kelvin Harrison. Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a 1-3/4 length win over the 1-5 choice Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year prior to the elimination, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's 2-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 203; 2. Brian Sears - 188; 3. Tim Tetrick - 165; 4. Daniel Dube - 157; 5. David Miller - 135. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 321; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 3. Rene Allard - 135; 4. Jimmy Takter - 130; 5. Nifty Norman - 70. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 85.25; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.05; 4. Allard Racing - 43.3; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Meadowlands will host a leg of the TVG Free For All series for older trotters on Friday (June 26), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 27). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13 - Sassa Hanover and Moonlit Dance were upset minded three-year-old pacing fillies who beat their favoured harness racing rivals in their respective $35,000 Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   JK Shesalady, reigning Horse of the Year on both sides of the border, had a perfect 13-for-13 record going into the race, but Sassa Hanover played giant-killer and snapped her streak.   Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras got away sixth as The Show Returns, who was followed by Wrangler Magic and Bettor Be Steppin, led the fillies into the first turn. After a :26.1 opening panel, Bettor Be Steppin launched a second-quarter attack from third to take command, but her lead was short lived as Single Me was on the move.   Sassa Hanover was third-over behind JK Shesalady, who caught the cover of the leading Single Me. The 94-1 longshot posted the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1.   When they entered the stretch Sassa Hanover was fed open racetrack and she surged passed the fillies in deep stretch to score in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4 by half a length. Wrangler Magic rallied for second while Single Me faded to third. The 1/9 favourite, JK Shesalady, finished fourth and Bettor Be Steppin was fifth.   "That's the trip I was looking for," said Gingras from the winner's circle. "You know JK Shesalady, she will take you where you need to go. I figured if she gets roughed up a little bit I had a good chance and that's what happened.   "It took her a little bit of time to come back," explained the reinsman. "I trained her a week before she qualified and she was just okay and the first qualifier she was okay, but then she really woke up after that. The second qualifier she was much better and at Vernon, [driver] Andrew McCarthy told me she was very good there. And at Yonkers, it was a tough track and tough trip as well, but tonight she was perfect."   The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover notched her second win of the season and 11th lifetime. With the win, she pushed her career earnings to $547,747 for trainer Ron Burke, who shares ownership with The Panhellenic Stb Corp, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Lawrence Karr. Sassa Hanover paid $15.70 to win.   Sassa Hanover     In the second elimination Moonlit Dance defeated Solar Sister, who was the 3/2 favourite, to score her fourth victory of her sophomore campaign for trainer Tony O'Sullivan.   Driver James MacDonald and Moonlit Dance was eighth as Solar Sister posted a :26.2 first quarter. A parked out Momas Got A Gun took to the front into the backstretch, but as soon as she cleared, Happiness was making a bid for the lead. The pair battled, but Happiness was the one to take command, posting the half in :54-flat just before clearing to front. Happiness then clocked the three-quarters in 1:22.1 after Deli Beach put pressure on the front-stepping pacer.   Into the stretch Moonlit Dance was back in seventh, but found a seam in-between horses to capture the winner's share of the purse by a neck and stopped the teletimer in a career-best clocking of 1:50.4. Doctor Terror got up for second and Better Said stayed for third. Solar Sister and Storm Point finished fourth and fifth, respectively.   "The speed has never been a problem with her," said O'Sullivan. "She is tough on herself and training there is no bottom to her. I was never worried about the speed. And racing against better horses, she is her own worst enemy. She's got her own mind sometimes and if we can coddle that a little bit then she is a very good filly."   The homebred daughter of Art Major-Gone Dancing picked up her fifth lifetime victory in 15 outings, which increases her bankroll to $103,379 for the David Goodrow Stable. Moonlit Dance paid $17.10 to win.   Moonlit Dance   The top five finishers advance to the $479,000 Fan Hanover Final, which is set for Saturday, June 20 as part of the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup undercard. Being elimination winners, Sassa Hanover and Moonlit Dance have selected their post positions for the final.   Here is how the sophomore fillies will line up behind the gate:   1. Better Said by Well Said   2. Moonlit Hanover by Art Major   3. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven   4. Doctor Terror by Western Terror   5. JK Shesalady by Art Major   6. Solar Sister by Mach Three   7. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three   8. Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere   9. Single Me by Bettor's Delight   10. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight   AE: The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover   Ashley Mayotte for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - The buzz for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations is electric, but not lost in the shuffle is the excitement surrounding harness racing's previous two Horse of the Year recipients gracing the Campbellville oval. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and JK Shesalady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will be strutting their stuff this weekend at Mohawk. Bee A Magician will make her Mohawk return Friday night in an elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes. The "Queen Bee" will leave from post two in the first $35,000 elimination (Race 3) with regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra is off to a fantastic start this season with four wins from five starts, including a victory last Saturday in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The $100,000 in earnings Bee A Magician received for winning the Hill Memorial made her the newest member of the triple millionaire club with over $3 million in career earnings. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee has been installed as the 6/5 morning line favourite in Friday's elimination. The three-year-old pacing colts may take centre stage on Saturday night in the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, but all eyes will be on JK Shesalady in an elimination for the Fan Hanover Stakes. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major puts her perfect 13 for 13 record on the line in Saturday's third-race. JK Shesalady will be making her second start of the season Saturday and will team up with driver Tim Tetrick to leave from post three. The Nancy Johansson trainee has had plenty of success north of the border. Last season, JK Shesalady won the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk and the $424,000 Three Diamonds at Woodbine en route to being named Horse of the Year on both sides of the border. The sophomore pacing filly enters Saturday night with $947,375 in career earnings. JK Shesalady is the overwhelming 2/5 morning line choice in her elimination. Both Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady are big fans of Mohawk Racetrack. Bee A Magician has won 14 of 16 career starts over the Campbellville oval, while JK Shesalady is a perfect three for three at Mohawk. Fans won't want to miss the opportunity to see two of harness racing's superstars race on back-to-back evenings this weekend. If all goes well for Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady, both stars could be racing on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 20). Post time Friday and Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

It was announced yesterday by owners Richard and Joanne Young and trainer Chris Ryder that the party is over for world champion pacer I Luv The Nitelife as she has been retired from racing. After attempting to come back from an injury sustained at the end of the 2013 season, owners Richard and Joanne Young made the decision to quit with I Luv The Nitelife on Tuesday. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune was winless in two starts this year after recovering from a slab knee fracture and atrial fibrillation. "[She] has a few issues we didn't feel she deserved to race with," trainer Chris Ryder confirmed to Trot Insider. "Just a great mare, all heart. Very saddened by her retirement but it is the thing to do." Richard Young purchased I Luv The Nitelife, a daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Lisjune, for $60,000 under the name Hard Rock Deo at the Lexington Selected Sale in 2011. Richard Young loves to name his yearlings with something unique and came up with "I Luv The Nitelife" as he has done with other top horses he and Joanne own including Put On A Show.  Now according to the Young's, I Luv The Nitelife will go to the breeding shed next season. "We are going to miss you racing sweet girl!," Joanne Young said, "Oh, but the babies you will make!" As a two-year-old, 'Nitelife' put together a record reading 4-4-1 in 10 freshman starts to bank $682,574 in purses for the Youngs and trainer Chris Ryder. In addition to setting a world record of 1:50.1 in an elimination of the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk Racetrack, she also won the final along with divisions of the Eternal Camnation and Bluegrass Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife was also a runner-up in the Champlain Stake, International Stallion Stakes and Breeders Crown. The O'Brien voters gave her the nod as their choice for Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2012. The voters had no doubt who was the best three-year-old pacing filly in 2013. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races last year and $1.25 million en route to divisional honours as Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in Canada and capturing USHWA's Dan Patch Award in the U.S. Her sophomore triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Valley Forge, Lynch Memorial, Jugette, Mistletoe Shalee and Miss New Jersey Pacing Classic. Her 1:48.4 time in the Valley Forge is the world record for a three-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track.   For her career, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune has won 17 of 27 races and $1.94 million. No female pacer in harness racing history has won more money at ages two and three. "‎Very appreciative of the honors she accumulated," added Ryder. "Very special. She will be impossible to replace." With two world records and multiple stakes under her belt, one of her losses stands out to her co-owner as the race that shows her guts and determination. "Her last race [at three] in the American National," Richard Young told Trot Insider. "She should have lost by 10 and just got beat. One of the most memorable races of my life, and more than likely the race that ended her career." ‎"A mare like 'Nitelife' is as good as it gets, all business," continued Young. "She gave all she had in every race. She didn't wait for things to set up. She forced everyone to alter their style to race her. "If she passes her will to compete, she will be the ultimate broodmare." by Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com with files from Trot Insider

Many top three-year-olds have pointed to Sunday (August 17) afternoon's Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs as part of their summer campaigns, including top trotter Father Patrick and North America Cup winner JK Endofanera.   Jimmy Takter trainee Father Patrick looks to rebound from the break he made as the 2-5 Hambletonian favorite, and has every chance to do so as the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $36,036 ninth race. The son of Cantab Hall won all six of his other races on the season, including a 1:50.2 triumph in the Beal Memorial at Pocono and a 1:51.3 score in the Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands. The 16-time winner, looking ahead to the Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs to propel him into the sport's fall championship season, will be joined by usual driver Yannick Gingras from post 4.   Fellow Hambletonian contender Datsyuk drew into the same division, and has been installed as the 5-1 second choice from post 3. Unraced at two, the Explosive Matter gelding earned wins in the first three of his eight races, finishing in the money in all save the Hambletonian. Trainer Charlie Norris will handle the driving duties once again.   A third Hambletonian starter, Resolve, drew into the first division, starting from post 6 in the $36,536 sixth race as the 7-2 morning line second choice. Corey Callahan remains in the bike behind this Muscle Hill colt for trainer Nancy Johansson after a fifth-place finish in the Hambletonian.   While two divisions were necessary for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the Arthur Tompkins Memorial, three-year-old pacers will contest the Geers Stake in a lone division for each sex.   JK Endofanera headlines the $54,072 seventh race for pacing colts and geldings as the 8-5 morning line favorite, teaming up with Yannick Gingras from post 7. The North America Cup winner enters off a strong second-place effort behind He's Watching in last week's Empire Breeders Classic for trainer Ron Burke.   The top filly in last week's Empire Breeders Classic, Precocious Beauty, has been installed the even-money morning line favorite in the $50,572 fifth race, which could shape up to be a duel with Fan Hanover winner Uffizi Hanover. Precocious Beauty, the Gregg McNair-trained daughter of Art Major, took the Empire Breeders Classic last week in 1:51.1, drawing clear in the final yards after sustaining an uncovered bid. Usual driver Doug McNair is back in the bike after last week's triumph, and the pair will start from post 2. Uffizi Hanover, a Jimmy Takter-trained Well Said filly, has been installed the 9-5 second choice on the morning line, and will retain the driving services of David Miller from post 1.   Sunday's 11-race pari-mutuel card carries a 1:30 p.m. EDT first post, with a non-wagering $46,572 Tompkins event for three-year-old trotting fillies slated for twenty minutes earlier.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

I Luv The Nitelife, who was named the best 3-year-old female pacer of 2013 in both the U.S. and Canada, is ready to return to action after being sidelined last November because of a fractured knee. She will compete in a qualifier Saturday morning at the Meadowlands, with the hopes of returning to stakes action in September. "Swim and train, that's been her program," said trainer Chris Ryder, adding happily, "Now we get to swim and race. That's better than training." I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races last year and $1.25 million for Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Valley Forge, Lynch Memorial, Jugette and Mistletoe Shalee. Her 1:48.4 time in the Valley Forge is the world record for a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track. For her career, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune has won 17 of 25 races and $1.94 million. No female pacer in history has won more money at ages 2 and 3. Ryder hopes to have I Luv The Nitelife, who suffered a minor setback because of atrial fibrillation in early June, ready for the Milton Stakes in mid-September. "She's going to qualify a couple times and then we'll look for an overnight or two," Ryder said. "She's training very well. Everything is good with her. "It's exciting. It's tough to get a horse like this. It's a little crushing when they go down. You get a little used to winning those big races; you can't take it for granted. When it's gone, you realize there's a hole there. And it's near impossible to fill." Father Patrick, who is 6-for-6 this year and will bring a 15-race win streak to the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands, also is entered to qualify on Saturday morning at the Big M. Other Hambletonian eligibles in the qualifier are Billy Ruffian, DD's Hitman, and Uva Hanover. On the pacing side, North America Cup winner JK Endofanera and Fan Hanover winner Uffizi Hanover are among 3-year-olds entered to qualify. Sweet Lou, the winner of six consecutive starts including the Ben Franklin Pace and William Haughton Memorial, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $40,000 A-2/A-1/FFA handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands. The seven-horse field also includes Captaintreacherous, Thinking Out Loud, and Golden Receiver. Maven, the sport's top older female trotter in 2013, is the 2-1 favorite in Friday's $30,000 A-2/A-1/FFA handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands. Coraggioso is the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven, which also includes Maven's stablemate D'Orsay. Maven and D'Orsay are the only females in the race. Dancin Yankee, who sits just outside the Top 10 in harness racing's weekly poll, goes for his sixth win in a row Saturday night in the preferred handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He is the 5-2 morning line choice; Bolt The Duer is the 3-1 second pick. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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