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MILTON, June 15, 2019 --Tony Alagna-trainee Pilot Discretion soared by a pair of dueling leaders to remain unbeaten from six harness racing starts with a 1:52.4 mile in the $247,000 Goodtimes Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Andrew McCarthy positioned the son of Muscle Hill fifth as Swandre The Giant powered to the top approaching a :27.3 opening quarter. Knight Angel, starting from post 10, got stuck wide and progressed towards the leaders before stalling towards a :55.2 half. Moving to the far turn, McCarthy then pulled off the pylons to race third over and fanned to the center of the track passing three-quarters in 1:24.3. From there Pilot Discretion slid past Swandre The Giant into the final sixteenth to win over pocket-popping Forbidden Trade. Super Schissel, catching cover fourth over, finished third. "I was having a little trouble seeing up the back," McCarthy said after the race. "I was looking up to see whether Sylvain [Filion on Knight Angel] made it or not and I ended up third over but it worked out. This horse loves a target...you just have to remind him after he clears." Owned by Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson and John Fodera, Pilot Discretion has now earned $164,500 from his six starts--two as a freshman and four as a sophomore. The Hambletonian hopeful returned $3.00 to win. "I always think its amazing for any colt so lightly raced at two can come back and step right into this level," Alagna said after the race. "My owners and I talked about it all the way and we always hoped our first stake race would be the Goodtimes because it'd be a nice flow into the stakes company without having to take on all the top colts like Greenshoe and Gimpanzee." With a win in the Goodtimes, Pilot Discretion has the potential to give Canadian-native Robert LeBlanc a shot at harness racing's biggest prize, the Hambletonian. "I've watched the Goodtimes for years and years and to even be part of it was great," LeBlanc said after the race. "[The Hambletonian's] a bucket-list item. If you can have a horse that can compete in the Hambo...as an owner that's the ultimate thing."   By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park

This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 16) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday's (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Homicide Hunter was a 1:50.3 winner in the Charlie Hill Memorial. The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 311; 2. Yannick Gingras - 211; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. David Miller - 82.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 238; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 121; 4. Jimmy Takter - 85; 5. Richard Banca - 75. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2t. Burke Racing Stable - 57.9; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 57.9; 4. Richard Poillucci - 56; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with 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 23). by Paul Ramlow, publicity director  

Wolfgang will try to continue his rise among Hambletonian Stakes contenders when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$266,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Goodtimes is one of the stakes stops on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, which is the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Two of the past four winners of the Goodtimes have gone on to capture the Hambletonian, Marion Marauder in 2016 and Trixton in 2014. In addition, last year's winner International Moni won an elimination of the Hambletonian. Saturday's Goodtimes is part of a stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, headlined by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The night also includes the Armbro Flight for older female trotters, Roses Are Red for older female pacers, and Fan Hanover for 3-year-old female pacers. Wolfgang, who was ranked No. 9 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, compiled by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and analyst Ken Warkentin, is among seven Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the Goodtimes. The others are Alarm Detector, Cruising In Style, Hat Trick Habit, Hill Street, Lawmaker, and Missle Hill. Alarm Detector, who was No. 3 in last week's Hambletonian rankings, and Wolfgang each won his Goodtimes elimination. Wolfgang, making his first start of the season, captured his division by 2-3/4 lengths over Lawmaker in a career-best 1:52.2. "I'm very happy with the way he went last week," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Wolfgang for trainer Jimmy Takter. "It was his first time out and he was loaded with trot. I think he did it the right way and I think he's got a big chance." Last year, Wolfgang won three of 10 races and earned $316,275, which ranked fifth among 2-year-old male trotters. The colt's victories included the Matron Stakes and he finished second in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and season-ending Valley Victory Stakes. Fourth Dimension, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for 2-year-old male trotters and was No. 1 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, won the Valley Victory. Fourth Dimension is yet to race this year. "I think if I got loose a little earlier in the Valley Victory I could have given Fourth Dimension all he wanted," said Gingras, who has driven Wolfgang in his past four starts. "Even before that, I watched him race and he looked like a horse that could go a long ways. "I thought coming into the year he was probably the best trotter I had to drive for the Hambletonian. Jimmy said all along he was coming back strong. We couldn't be any happier with where he's at right now." Wolfgang, who hails from a family with chef-inspired names, is a son of My MVP out of Summer Savory. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, and breeder Fair Island Farm. Alarm Detector, who was the O'Brien Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter in Canada, won his Goodtimes elimination by three-quarters of a length over Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill in 1:53.1. Alarm Detector also was making his seasonal debut. "I was okay with it, mile in (1):53, it's getting a little cooler right now at this time and you can train them as much as you want, but it's not like racing," trainer Ben Baillargeon said after the win. "He was ready and up to the task." Alarm Detector, a son of Chapter Seven out of Final Countdown, has won seven of eight career races and earned $237,032. His victories last year included the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He was purchased for $110,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Ken Warkentin, who was named in honor of the Meadowlands' announcer. The colt is owned by Thomas Rankin, Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel, and Santo Vena. Following is the field for the Goodtimes Stakes. The connections of Wolfgang and Alarm Detector, as elimination winners, selected their respective post positions. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Stormont Ventnor-Phil Hudon-Kevin Benn 2-Hill Street-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 3-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon 4-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Jason McGinnis 6-Hat Trick Habit-David Miller-Domenico Cecere 7-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 8-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 9-Missle Hill-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10-Cruising In Style-James MacDonald-Kevin McMaster by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON June 8, 2018 - The return of the reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year highlighted stakes elimination action Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Armbro Flight for trotting mares and Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting fillies both required two eliminations Friday to kick off a busy stakes weekend. Hannelore Hanover, last year's O'Brien and Dan Patch Award champion, returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park looking to give herself a chance at her third consecutive Armbro Flight title. The six-year-old superstar and driver Yannick Gingras were successful in the opening $35,000 elimination, defeating six rivals in an easy 1:52. 'Hannelore' left from post-six and was parked by the opening-quarter in :27 before clearing to command. The Ron Burke trainee proceeded to reach the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 before making her :27.3 final-quarter look effortless to win by five and a half lengths. Southwind Tesla finished second, while Caprice Hill and Dream Together rounded out the Superfecta. Checkmate Time was fifth to grab the final spot in next week's final. Hannelore Hanover was two for two on the season going into Friday's elimination. "That's probably the easiest race I'll win all year," said Gingras following the race. "She was wrapped up and did it very easy. She's so solid right now there is no worries, knock on wood, but she's something else." Now a 39-time winner with over $2.7 million earned, Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The daughter of Swan For All will be looking for the Armbro Flight three-peat in next Saturday's (June 16) $250,000 final. 'Hannelore' won the 2016 edition in an Canadian Record 1:51 and last year's edition in 1:51.4. As expected, Hannelore Hanover paid $2.10 to win. The second elimination saw another superstar trotting mare find the winner's circle. Emoticon Hanover and Bob McClure was a coast-to-coast front-end winner in 1:52.4. The Luc Blais trainee posted fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.1 before trotting home in :28.3 to win by three and a half lengths. Friday's start was the first-time McClure sat behind 'Emoticon' in a race. The young reinsman has been driving this season for Blais and did have his choice of stablemates Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together in the May 21 Miss Versatility Stakes. "I had the option last week and I took (Dream Together), but I knew (Emoticon Hanover) was probably the better of the two," said McClure. "The other mare was race-tight, but this mare is all-class," said McClure is confident in his mare heading into next week's final. "Hannelore is going to be tons the best in there, but my mare did beat her last year, so it is a horse race." Celebrity Ruth, who was the 1/2 favourite, finished second, while Ice Attraction came up the rail to finish third. The final two spots in the Armbro Flight final were secured by Majestic Presence and Barn Bella. A five-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover hasn't impressed many during her four qualifiers this season, but she's turned it on when it counts with now two wins in two starts. Owned by Determination, Emoticon Hanover now has 18 career wins and earnings of over $1.3 million. Emoticon Hanover paid $7.70 to win. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters featured two $30,000 eliminations and just like the Armbro Flight, driver Gingras was back in the winner's circle following the first elimination. Jimmy Takter trainee Wolfgang was ready to go in his first start of the season, front-stepping to a career-best 1:52.2 victory. Wolfgang and Gingras left hard to claim the lead, posting a :27.2 opener. The son of My Mvp hung up fractions of :56.1 and 1:2 to lead into the lane. Hat Trick Habit, the _ favourite, came first-up from third on the far turn, while Lawmaker tracked in the two-hole. Wolfgang did not give his rivals any chance in the lane and trotted off in _ to win by _ lengths. Lawmaker finished second at 40-1, while Run Director was third. Hat Trick Habit and Stormont Ventnor rounded out the top-five to advance to the June 16 final. "Jimmy told me he trained really good at the farm and I know he didn't show a (1):52 mile, but the day he qualified at The Meadowlands it was a real good mile," said Gingras post-race. "I liked the colt. I raced him a few times last fall and I thought he was a top horse and he showed it tonight." Wolfgang won three of 10 starts last season, banking $316,275 for owners Brixton Medical Inc, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables and Fair Island Farm Inc. A $2 win ticket on Wolfgang returned $6.20. The second elimination featured a showdown between O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The two stars finished one-two with Alarm Detector taking the victory in his three-year-old debut. Driven by Trevor Henry, Alarm Detector left strong to grab the lead and that was the winning move. Henry got a soft :29.1 second-quarter to lead by the half in :57.1, while Fiftydallarbill had to angle out first-up from fourth. Alarm Detector trotted a solid :28 third-quarter before finishing up strong in :27.4 to claim the victory. Fiftydallarbill turned in a game effort, closing in on the wrapped up leader at the wire to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Cruising In Style finished third, while Hill Street was fourth. The final qualifier for next week's final was Missle Hill. Trainer Ben Baillargeon has mapped out a plan for Alarm Detector this season and was very pleased with the Chapter Seven colt's season debut. "I was okay with it, mile in (1):53, it's getting a little cooler right now at this time and you can train them as much as you want, but it's not like racing," said Baillargeon. "He was ready and up to the task." Owned by Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena, Alarm Detector went six for seven during his rookie season and banked $276,870. Baillargeon hasn't been shy in pointing out what his main focus is for the season. "The game plan is the Hambletonian and hopefully we will get there, but the Hambletonian will be his number six race, so four more starts after (the Goodtimes)." Alarm Detector paid $3.30 to win. Friday's elimination winners earned the right to select their post for their respective finals. Here are the post positions for next Saturday's $250,000 Armbro Flight and $266,000 Goodtimes finals. $250,000 Armbro Flight 1. Caprice Hill 2. Celebrity Ruth 3. Dream Together 4. Emoticon Hanover 5. Hannelore Hanover 6. Checkmate Time 7. Southwind Tesla 8. Majestic Presence 9. Ice Attraction 10. Barn Bella AE: P L Jill $266,000 Goodtimes 1. Stormont Ventnor 2. Hill Street 3. Alarm Detector 4. Wolfgang 5. Lawmaker 6. Hat Trick Habit 7. Fiftydallarbill 8. Run Director 9. Missle Hill 10. Cruising In Style AE: Jula Downton by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Trainer Domenico Cecere didn't have to rebuild Hat Trick Habit, just tinker with some equipment, but like television's "Six Million Dollar Man," the horse has come back better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. And the colt wasn't too bad to begin with. Hat Trick Habit, unbeaten in two starts this season, is preparing for Friday's eliminations of the Goodtimes Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. The Goodtimes is one of the stepping stones toward August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. A total of 21 horses entered the Goodtimes, so the group was divided into two eliminations and the top five finishers from each group will advance to the June 16 final. Hat Trick Habit, with driver David Miller, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in the first elimination, which is the 11-horse field. Wolfgang, from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 favorite. O'Brien Award-winner Alarm Detector, trained by Benoit Baillargeon, is the 2-1 favorite in the second elimination, followed by Bill Crone's Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill at 3-1. There are 12 Hambletonian eligibles in the eliminations: Hat Trick Habit, Wolfgang, Alarm Detector, Lawmaker, Joey, Story Time Hanover, Winning American, Cruising In Style, War Story, Smokee Mirrors, Hill Street, and Missle Hill. Hat Trick Habit, the winner of five of 11 lifetime starts and $181,724 for the Fred Monteleone Stable, enters the Goodtimes off a career-best 1:52.4 victory in a conditioned race June 1 at the Meadowlands. "Last year he showed he was a nice horse, but he was kind of a little bit hot, a little grabby," said Cecere, who changed Hat Trick Habit's bridle this year, going from closed to open. "This year he's got a better attitude and is more quiet. He is nicer to drive. It looks like we're in good shape. He looks good. "I think we're going into the Goodtimes with good confidence." Hat Trick Habit, a son of Donato Hanover out of Habit's Best, is a half-brother to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Habitat. His family also includes millionaire Civil Action. Last year, Hat Trick Habit's three wins included the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. But the colt went off stride in his elimination of the Breeders Crown and the final of the Valley Victory Stakes. "I think we have a little bit different horse from last year to this year; more strong and more mature," Cecere said. "He has a lot of speed. He showed it to me at the Meadowlands. All of us are happy with how he's raced. Hopefully he can go all the way. He's been a nice horse." Two of the past four winners of the Goodtimes have gone on to capture the Hambletonian, Marion Marauder in 2016 and Trixton in 2014. In addition, last year's winner International Moni won an elimination. Woodbine Mohawk Park also hosts two eliminations for the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares on Friday. Defending Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is the 2-5 morning-line favorite in the first elimination, followed by Dream Together at 3-1. Celebrity Ruth is the 2-1 choice in the second elim, followed by Emoticon Hanover at 7-2. The top five finishers from each division advance to the June 16 final. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Lindy Farms' International Moni captured the winner's share of the $251,000 Goodtimes Stakes purse on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Scott Zeron was able to engineer a second-over trip for the Frank Antonacci trainee to come through and win in 1:52.4. Enterprise, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter move to the lead and posted middle-fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3 to lead into the lane. International Moni, who was racing sixth in the early stages, caught the cover of stablemate Shake It Off Lindy heading around the far turn. International Moni surged to the lead in the lane and was able to hold off a late-rally from Mass Production, driven by Scott's father, Rick, to win by _ lengths. "I didn't mind where I got away, my horse is really handy," said Scott Zeron about getting away sixth. "I was very happy with where I was sitting...and when I angled him over I felt like I was an easy winner and I didn't even pull the plugs, but good thing I can hear my Dad screaming behind me, so I pulled them and he went on again." Seven And Seven came on to finish third, while Enterprise dropped back to finish fourth. A son of French Stallion Love You and former Horse of the Year Moni Maker, International Moni is now two for two this season to bring his career numbers to three wins and over $330,000 earned for owners Moni Maker Stable. International Moni paid $7.60 to win. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- When he first began racing, Enterprise sometimes looked for the quickest way to exit the track. Over time, though, he seems to have settled for the fastest way to the harness racing winner’s circle. Enterprise is 5-for-5 in his career as he heads to Saturday’s C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Last week the Marcus Melander-trained colt won his Goodtimes elimination by two lengths over AWOL Hanover in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. The Goodtimes is one of the major stakes on the road to August’s $1 million Hambletonian. Last year’s Goodtimes winner, Marion Marauder, went on to win the Trotting Triple Crown (Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity) and received awards for Trotter of the Year in the U.S. and best 3-year-old male trotter in Canada. Nine of the 10 Goodtimes finalists are eligible to the Hambletonian: Enterprise and fellow elimination winner International Moni as well as Shake It Off Lindy, Jake, Southwind Woody, Seven And Seven, Southwind Cobra, AWOL Hanover, and Guardian Angel As. Saturday’s card at Mohawk also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, and the C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Enterprise will start the Goodtimes from post four with driver Tim Tetrick. The colt, owned by Courant Inc., raced only once last year, winning by 9-1/2 lengths in 1:58.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia in December, and worked his way through conditioned-level competition before facing stakes-caliber foes. “He was very immature,” said Melander, who began training Enterprise in late summer last year. “When he saw an exit (from the track) he wanted to go out. I trained him on the straight track all fall and in November he felt great and ready to go. He felt like a good horse but I wanted to race him once to see how he was. He was still very immature in that race. If you take a look at it, you’ll see he was going like a snake down the stretch. But he had plenty left.” A son of Chapter Seven out of the mare Shes Gone Again, Enterprise is a half-brother to New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Guess Whos Back and his family includes Dan Patch and O’Brien awards winner Poof She’s Gone. Enterprise was purchased for $100,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale. Enterprise prepped for the Goodtimes with wins in conditioned races at the Meadowlands before capturing a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. “I didn’t mind that he didn’t race much last year,” Melander said. “If he wasn’t ready, he wasn’t ready. It was good in a way because he didn’t have to race against the best ones right away, even if he probably could. He needed the experience, that’s for sure. He’s behaving pretty good; at Mohawk (last week) he was perfect. I’m very happy with how his races have been going so far. It’s exactly how we planned. “He moves so easy, even though he’s a pretty big horse. He’s got speed, but he never gets tired. Of course that will happen when he faces tougher horses; maybe it will happen in the final on Saturday. But he’s a very strong horse. He’s got the tools to be a good horse.” The 25-year-old Melander trains 30 horses in central New Jersey. In addition to Enterprise, he has a Hambletonian hopeful in colt Long Tom, who earlier this season won the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Melander’s uncle, Stefan, won the 2001 Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. “It’s still several weeks until the Hambletonian and anything can happen,” Melander said. “But I wouldn’t trade either of my horses for anyone. I couldn’t be happier right now. We’ll see what happens. I try to not think about the Hambo, I just try to think about the next race. I feel pretty calm about that. We just take one race at a time because I know a lot of things can happen on the way. Of course, that’s what we’re aiming for. But you never know what will happen. It’s a long road.” Following is the field for the Goodtimes with listed drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - Brett Miller-Frank Antonacci 2 - International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci 3 - Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 4 - Enterprise - Chapter Seven - Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 5 - Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6 - Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - David Miller-Tom Durand 7 - Mass Production - Muscle Mass - Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 8 - Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 9 - AWOL Hanover - Donato Hanover - James MacDonald-Luc Blais 10 - Guardian Angel As - Archangel - Brett Miller-Anette Lorentzon ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date – Track – Event – First – Second – Third May 6 – Freehold – Dexter Cup – Lord Cromwell – Gustavo Fring – Southwind Cobra May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – Long Tom – Yes Mickey – Deacon Tony May 19 – Meadowlands – NJSS – What The Hill – Southwind Cobra – New Jersey Viking May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Sortie – Giveitgasandgo – High Glider May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Andy M – Gustavo Fring – Stealth Hanover May 20 – Meadows – PASS – Common Parlance – Brown Bear – Brand New Key May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Stick With Me Kid – Bill’s Man – Top Flight Angel May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Devious Man – Lord Cromwell – Aces And Eights May 29 – Vernon – NYSS – Enterprise – Swell Chap – Meetmeinthemiddle June 2 – Meadowlands – NJSS Final – Long Tom – King On The Hill – What The Hill June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Fraser Ridge – Meme Hanover – Muay Hanover June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Moonshiner Hanover – Giveitgasandgo – Lars Perry June 3 – Meadows – Currier & Ives – Sortie – Dover Dan – Always A Good Time June 9 – Mohawk – Goodtimes Elim – International Moni – Guardian Angel As – Jake June 9 – Mohawk – Goodtimes Elim – Enterprise – AWOL Hanover – Shake It Off Lindy June 9 – Vernon – EBC Elim – Bill’s Man – Such An Angel – Stick With Me Kid June 9 – Vernon – EBC Elim – Devious Man – Swell Chap – Lord Cromwell June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Rubio – Muscles Jared – Di Oggi June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Dover Dan – Moonshiner Hanover – Sir John F June 10 – Pocono – PASS – Giveitgasandgo – President Lindy – Andy M June 17 – Mohawk – Goodtimes – June 18 – Vernon – Empire Breeders Classic – June 24 – Pocono – Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Elims – July 1 – Pocono – Earl Beal Jr. Memorial – July 9 – Pocono – PA All Stars – July 15 – Meadowlands – Stanley Dancer Memorial – July 22 – Meadowlands – Tompkins-Geers – July 29 – Meadowlands – Reynolds – Aug. 5 – Meadowlands – Hambletonian – Hambletonian eligible in bold by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 9 - Elimination weekend kicked off Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes Stakes. Each harness racing event required a pair of eliminations, with the Armbro Flight splits going for a purse of $35,000 and the Goodtimes for a purse of $30,000. A "Sunday stroll" was the words used by driver Yannick Gingras to describe Hannelore Hanover's easy 1:52.2 victory in the first Armbro Flight elimination for trotting mares. The Ron Burke trained five-year-old got away third in a field of seven and made a second-quarter move to command for Gingras. 'Hannelore' reached the half in :56 and three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 to lead the group of mares into the lane. The stretch drive was a walk in the park, as Hannelore Hanover cruised home in :27.3 and pulled away from her rivals to win by 2¾ lengths. Emoticon Hanover, who was the early leader, finished second, while Renegade Magic took third spot. Ready Any Time and Kestrel rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. No Show wagering was available on the first Armbro Flight elimination, but that didn't matter to the "bridge jumpers", who wagered $104,863 to Place on Hannelore Hanover. The daughter of Swan For All now has two wins in three starts this season, with both her 2017 victories coming at Mohawk. "Last week when she raced here, she was really good and she was even better tonight," said Gingras post-race. "She's back to her old self and it was a Sunday stroll." Hannelore Hanover's 28th career victory increases her seasonal earnings to $65,700 and helps push her career earnings to almost $1.6 million. She is owned by Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10. Hannelore Hanover The second elimination featured a battle between last year's sophomore champions Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill. However, Charmed Life stole the show picking both mares off to win in 1:53.1. Caprice Hill was able to get away with relatively easy fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3, as she led the field through the opening three-quarters of a mile. Broadway Donna came first up from third on the final turn to set up a stretch sprint, while Charmed Life got a perfect two-hole trip. In the stretch, Broadway Donna was able to edge by Caprice Hill with less than an eighth of a mile to go, but she couldn't fend off the charging Charmed Life, who was angled to the far outside by driver Louis Philippe Roy and powered by to win by a length. Flowers N Songs finished fourth, while Majestic Presence was fifth to advance to the final. Trained by Rene Allard, Charmed Life won three of her first four starts this season, but was winless in her last two coming into Friday. Young reinsman Roy had never driven the winner of over $1.2 million before and admitted it was a big moment for him. "I talked with Rene before the race and he said she might be a little nervous so try and keep her calm during post parade," Roy shared. "But I think it was me that was more nervous than her because I didn't know her at all and driving her for the first time in elims of a big race like that." Charmed Life, who now has 26 career wins, pushed her seasonal earnings over $100,000 with her elimination score. She paid $4.30 to win. Charmed Life Hannelore Hanover and Charmed Life each earned the right to select their posts for next week's $253,000 final. The Goodtimes eliminations featured a field of nine and a field of eight sophomore trotting colts and geldings vying for a spot in next week's final. International Moni's upset victory in the first elimination created plenty of buzz throughout the sport. The Frank Antonacci trainee was able to come from last to win at 14-1 for driver Scott Zeron in 1:54, but it was the driving outfit that Zeron wore that garnered most of the attention. Zeron wore what appeared to be a skin-tight shirt replicating the Lindy Farms colours. The colours, which were designed by a company named Speed Silks of Amarillo, Texas, are made of a fabric engineered to reduce aerodynamic drag. "The Antonacci's own a lot of thoroughbreds and they like that the jockeys wear their colours," said Zeron. "They feel it represents the owners and trainers and they wanted me to try it and you know I don't say no to anything new and they were nice enough to let me do it here. "(Antonacci) wants to be aerodynamic, he wants everything skin tight almost like a luge. You want every advantage you can have and we ended up coming from last to first to win it by a nose so maybe he was right." International Moni is a son of French Stallion Love You out of the great mare Moni Maker and is owned by Moni Maker Stables. Friday's start was the first of his three-year-old season. The Antonacci trainee had one win in 12 starts last season, but did hit the board eight-times and earned $191,763. International Moni sat ninth for the first half before moving up to eighth and eight lengths from the lead turning for home. The Love You colt was able to trot by on the far outside, as none of his rivals were able to deliver a solid stretch kick. Guardian Angel As, who grabbed the lead at the half, finished second, while Jake, who led at the opening-quarter was third. Seven And Seven, who won last year's Wellwood Memorial, was fourth in his season debut, while Southwind Woody was fifth. International Moni paid $31.80 to win. International Moni The second elimination had no drama, as undefeated colt Enterprise was a gate-to-wire winner in a career-best 1:53.1. David Miller picked up the late catch-drive behind Enterprise and just had to point the Marcus Melander trainee in the right direction. The son of Chapter Seven colt posted fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.1, before trotting home in :28 for a two-length victory. Owned by Courant Inc, Enterprise, who won his only start as a rookie, is now a perfect five for five and has banked $52,450. Awol Hanover finished second, while Shake It Off Lindy was third. Mass Production and Southwind Cobra completed the top-five to advance to next week's $251,000 final. Enterprise paid $3.10 to win. Enterprise Following Friday's eliminations, the post positions were drawn for both finals and the full fields can be viewed below. The Armbro Flight and Goodtimes finals are part of the stacked Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 17. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk with the eliminations of the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red on deck. Post time is 7:30 p.m. $253,000 Armbro Flight 1. Flowers N Songs by Deweycheatumnhowe 2. Kestrel by Triumphant Caviar 3. Charmed Life by Majestic Son 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All 5. Majestic Presence by Majestic Son 6. Renegade Magic by Kadabra 7. Broadway Donna by Donato Hanover 8. Emoticon Hanover by Kadabra 9. Caprice Hill by Kadabra 10. Ready Any Time by Kadabra AE: Lady Ping by Muscle Mass $251,000 Goodtimes. 1. Shake It Off Lindy by Crazed 2. International Moni by Love You 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Enterprise by Chapter Seven 5. Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill 6. Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven 7. Mass Production by Muscle Mass 8. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 9. Awol Hanover by Donato Hanover 10. Guardian Angel As by Archangel AE: Manssive by Muscle Mass   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci is excited about hitting the Hambletonian trail with two horses this weekend, but he figures he won't be alone in feeling enthused. "There are a lot of good horses out there," said Antonacci, the trainer of International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy in Friday's eliminations of the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. "Everybody only talked about (returning Dan Patch Award winner) Walner, but there are a lot of nice horses. This is a nice field. "It'll be a fun year to be a racing fan." The Goodtimes attracted 17 horses, which were split into two divisions. Last year's Wellwood Memorial winner, Seven And Seven, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first division and lightly raced but undefeated Enterprise is the 5-2 choice in the second. The top five finishers from each division will return June 17 for the C$251,000 final. Ten horses in the Goodtimes are eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, which is Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian hopefuls in the first elimination are Jake, Snowstorm Hanover, Seven And Seven, Guardian Angel As, Southwind Woody, and International Moni. In the second they are Shake It Off Lindy, Enterprise, AWOL Hanover, and Southwind Cobra. Friday's card also includes two eliminations of the Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Returning Dan Patch Award winner Hannelore Hanover is the 1-2 morning line favorite in the first division followed by Emoticon Hanover at 4-1. The second group finds Broadway Donna at 8-5, Caprice Hill at 9-5 and Charmed Life at 2-1. The top five finishers advance to the C$253,000 Armbro Flight final June 17. The June 17 card at Mohawk also will feature finals of the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, and Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Eliminations for those events are Saturday. Antonacci's International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy were stakes-winners last season. International Moni won a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.1 at Lexington's Red Mile and Shake It Off Lindy captured a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in 1:55 over the same track. International Moni's win time was tied for fourth best by a 2-year-old trotter while Shake It Off Lindy's was tied for 21st. International Moni won one of 12 races last year, but earned a check 11 times on his way to $154,387. He finished second in the Valley Victory Stakes and was third in the Wellwood. The colt is a son of successful French stallion Love You out of two-time U.S. Horse of the Year Moni Maker, who was a star for the Antonacci family and owned by its Moni Maker Stable until her passing in 2014. "He was a very good horse last year and he's an even bigger, stronger, better version of that," Antonacci said about International Moni, who remains with the Moni Maker Stable, an amalgamation of members of the Antonacci family and David Reid. "He's come back very good. We're looking forward to a really good year with him." Moni Maker, trained much of her career by Jimmy Takter, was Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and Trotter of the Year in 2000. She was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2006. Love You is the sire of 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. "(International Moni) is by far Moni Maker's best offspring; I think that's exciting to see. I think he poses one of the most interesting breeding and racing prospects we've seen in a long time. The horse is really 20 years in the making. He's all class. He never had a bad race last year and gives you everything he's got every time he's out there. He's a gentleman. He's a professional. He's just an absolute pleasure." Shake It Off Lindy is a son of stallion Crazed out of the Love You-sired mare Nashville Lindy. Crazed was co-owned by the Antonacci family's Lindy Racing Stable and trained by Antonacci. A multiple-stakes-winner, he finished second to Deweycheatumnhowe in the 2008 Hambletonian. Last year, Shake It Off Lindy won two of nine races and earned $53,976. "He reminds me a tremendous amount of his dad," Antonacci said about Shake It Off Lindy, bred and owned by the Antonaccis' K R Breeding LLC. "He's got incredible quick speed. For a sixteenth of a mile he could skip off faster than most pacers. That's an exciting burst of speed he's got. He's got a lot of upside." International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy both enter the Goodtimes off two qualifiers. In their most recent efforts, Shake It Off Lindy finished second by a head to older Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado in 1:54.1 while International Moni was fourth. "They both qualified twice and both qualified really well," Antonacci said. "It's hard to game plan for these kinds of races this early in the year. You just have your horses ready to go and let the races come to them and don't force it. I think our horses, based on last year's performances and how they've qualified and trained going into the race, are good for this time of year. "It's just hard to tell where everybody else is on their readiness scale. The only horses we can control are the ones in our shed row. They shipped up and should be there in good order. As long as they're healthy we're ready." Post time is 7:30 for Friday's first race. Below are the fields for the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes eliminations. Armbro Flight - Elimination 1 (Race 3) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-1/2 2. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-4/1 3. Non Stick - Lucky Chucky - Brett Miller-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 4. Oho Diamond - Ken Warkentin - Chris Christoforou-Renaldo Morales III-15/1 5. Ready Any Time - Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen-20/1 6. Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver-6/1 7. Renegade Magic - Kadabra - Trevor Henry-Jeffrey Thomson-5/1   Armbro Flight - Elimination 2 (Race 6) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover -David Miller-Jim Campbell-8/5 2. Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-9/5 3. Lady Ping - Muscle Mass - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen-15/1 4. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples-Paul Reid-12/1 5. Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Louis Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-2/1 6. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick-Peter Shody-20/1 7. Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen-15/1   Goodtimes - Elimination 1 (Race 5) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Ice Hockey Hanover - Donato Hanover - Paul MacDonell-Mike Keeling-12/1 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-3/1 3. Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8/1 4. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - David Miller-Tom Durand-5/2 5. Guardian Angel As - Archangel - Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-6/1 6. Scene A Magician - Daylon Magician - Jack Moiseyev-Jennifer Pinkerton-10/1 7. Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-12/1 8. Dunbar Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - Jody Jamieson-Carl Jamieson-8/1 9. International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci-8/1   Goodtimes - Elimination 2 (Race 8) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - Brett Miller-Frank Antonacci-6/1 2. Manssive - Muscle Mass - Jody Jamieson-Howard Okusko Jr.-15/1 3. Mass Production - Muscle Mass - Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron-4/1 4. Resita - Manofmannymissions - Randy Waples-Per Henriksen-15/1 5. Enterprise - Chapter Seven - Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-5/2 6. AWOL Hanover - Donato Hanover - James MacDonald-Luc Blais-7/2 7. Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - Sylvain Filion-Paul Reid-3/1 8. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18...Marion Marauder, driven by Scott Zeron, rallied off a perfect second-over trip to score the $268,000 Goodtimes final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.   At odds of 8-1, the Michael Keeling trainee sat fifth past the first quarter in :27.4, as the parked-out 1-2 favourite, Dayson, battled with the early leader, Will Take Charge. Dayson was able to overtake Will Take Charge into the backstretch, but before Dayson marched past the half in :56.3, Tony Soprano was on the move from fourth. Marion Marauder tracked his cover. While Dayson and Tony Soprano duelled in the turn, the bettor's choice broke stride as they went by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. As the field of 10 turned for home, Marion Marauder fanned off cover and used a :27.2 final kick to trot past his rivals and take a new 1:52.4 lifetime mark by half a length. Will Take Charge finished second and Blenheim railed for third. "I was confident in him so I pushed him out of the gate and I was able to land a spot where I saw John [Campbell] floating on the outside with a really nice horse of [trainer Bob] McIntosh's," Zeron said regarding Tony Soprano. "So, I was happy to have that cover and finally be in the right spot-be within two lengths at the three-quarter pole, and he delivered." Marion Marauder notched his second victory of the season and third lifetime. With the win, the son Muscle Hill and Spellbound Hanover lifts his career earnings to $495,234 for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, of Stratford, and Devin Keeling, of Cambridge. Marion Marauder returned $18.40 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 road to August's $1 million Hambletonian goes through Ontario on Saturday when 10 harness racing 3-year-old male trotters meet in the C$268,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Jimmy Takter, who has trained the last two Hambletonian winners, believes he's got another contender in Goodtimes finalist Bar Hopping. Bar Hopping finished second to Dayson in his Goodtimes elimination last Friday, losing by 1-3/4 lengths in a 1:53.2 mile. Dayson, who is not eligible to the Hambletonian, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the final; Bar Hopping is the 7-2 second choice. "I like the horse a lot," Takter said. "He's got the right gear. He just has to know that he's a good horse." A son of Muscle Hill out of the stakes-winning mare Cocktail Hour, the colt sold for $190,000 under the name Revenger at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Bar Hopping's full brother Martiniwithmuscle finished second to Trixton, Takter's 2014 Hambletonian champion, in the 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and his family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Jef's Spice. Last year, Bar Hopping won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second to early-season Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank in the final. He finished second in divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes and was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial. Bar Hopping debuted this season with a third-place finish in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, racing on the outside for most of the mile and closing with a :26.3 last quarter-mile. He was fourth in the sire stakes final in his start prior to the Goodtimes eliminations. "He was definitely not as good the last two starts as he was the first start, but something has been going on with him and hopefully we can get him cleared up now," Takter said, adding the colt had scoped with mucous following last week's race. "He was exceptional through the elimination for the sire stakes when he was third after (Southwind) Frank, but he charged like a great horse." Bar Hopping, who has won one of 12 career races and earned $118,163 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, will start the Goodtimes from post No. 6 with driver Tim Tetrick. Dayson, a son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus who will start the Goodtimes from post No. 5 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, won seven of eight races last year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He became a member of the Burke Brigade in January and has won three of four starts this season. "I think he fits well with that (Goodtimes) group," Burke said about Dayson, who has earned $234,412 in his career. "It's not the best colts out there, but it's an even bunch. He's nice. He's a very good horse. I don't think he's quite as good as (Southwind) Frank, but he's right there behind him. He'll do well in the spots we put him in." Dayson is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. Other Hambletonian eligible horses in the Goodtimes are Blenheim, Goin To The Limit, Honor Above All, Marion Marauder, and Tony Soprano. Dia Monde, who won the second of the two Goodtimes eliminations, is the 4-1 third choice in the final. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Lady Bar will start from post four with Randy Waples driving for trainer Thomas Durand. Dia Monde, who has won two of six lifetime starts, is owned by Durand, June Durand, and Allan Smith. Following is the field for the Goodtimes in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen - 10-1 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Michael Keeling - 6-1 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax - 5-1 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Thomas Durand - 4-1 5. Dayson - by Conway Hall - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 2-1 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 7-2 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 20-1 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 20-1 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry - 20-1 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh - 15-1  by Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Elimination weekend at Mohawk Racetrack kicked off Friday night with some impressive performances in the Armbro Flight Stakes and the Goodtimes Stakes. Both stakes events required two eliminations, with the Armbro Flight eliminations for trotting mares going for $35,000 and the Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters going for $30,000 a split. Hannelore Hanover was a dominant 1:52.2 winner in the first Armbro Flight elimination. The Ron Burke trainee flashed early speed for driver Yannick Gingras to lead the field by the opening-quarter in :27.4. Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move to the lead allowing Gingras to sit in the two-hole. After fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.1, Shake It Cerry brought the field to the top of the lane, but was quickly overtaken by Hannelore Hanover. The Burke trainee angled out of the pocket at the three-quarter pole and powered home under wraps in :27 for a 4¾ lengths victory. Rockin With Dewey got up for second, while Shake It Cerry dropped back to finish third. Charmed Life and MissysGa Ga rounded out the top five to qualify for the final. A four-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover teamed up with Gingras for the first time Friday and made a big impression on her new driver. "She's really impressive, she won as easy as a horse can do it," said Gingras. ":27 on the end of it and it was just a walk in the park. Ron (Burke) has been telling me how good she was since last year and he believed she was the third best trotting filly behind Mission Brief and Wild Honey." Hannelore Hanover now has six wins in seven outings this season and 15 overall in her career for earnings of over $417,000. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. The clocking of 1:52.2 lowered Hannelore Hanover's career-mark by a fifth of a second. She paid $3.50 to win. Hannelore Hanover In the second elimination, Rules Of The Road went gate-to-wire for her third win of the season in 1:54.1. Driven by David Miller, Rules Of The Road showed good early speed to leave out hard with Stormont Kate. Miller won the early battle and reached the opening-quarter in :27.3. Rules Of The Road got an easy middle-half of :58.1 and was able to capitalize off that with a :28.2 final-quarter to hold off her rivals for a length and a quarter victory. Elegant Serenity finished second, while Stormont Kate was third. The final two spots in the final were secured by Barn Doll and White Becomes Her. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill, Rules Of The Road is trained by Charles Connor Jr. for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor. She now has three wins in seven starts this season. Rules Of The Road scored her ninth career victory Friday and pushed her career earnings to over $278,000. She paid $8.80 to win. Rules Of The Road The Burke-Gingras combination struck again in the Goodtimes first elimination. Dayson trotted up from fourth to first in the second-quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:53.2 victory. Will Take Charge was the leader at the opening-quarter in :27.4, but was overtaken by a pocket-pulling Bar Hopping. Gingras followed the new leader and quickly moved up to take the lead at the half in :56.2. Dayson got a :29.1 third-quarter and finished off the victory with a :27.4 final-quarter to defeat Bar Hopping by 1¾ lengths. Will Take Charge finished third, while Zagster, who was first up around the final turn, was fourth. Goin To The Limit, who started from the second-tier, finished fifth to qualify for the final. A gelded son of Conway Hall, Dayson now has three wins in four starts this season after winning seven of eight as a rookie. "He's really handy," said Gingras following the victory. "When I raced him the first time this year at Chester he was a little bit grabby, but they changed a few things on him and tonight he was perfect, he drove great and he's got high speed." Dayson raced last season for Howard Okusko and was a private purchase during the winter by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables and Rossie Smith. The sophomore trotter now has $54,950 banked this season to bring his career earnings to over $237,000. Dayson paid $3.10 to win. Dayson Many eyes were on last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion Tony Soprano in the second elimination, but his season debut was spoiled by Dia Monde and driver Randy Waples. Tony Soprano got away fifth and came charging first up midway doing the backstretch to engage with the leader United Bi. Dia Monde was trotting along in sixth and Waples opted to try and follow the 7/5 favourite. Tony Soprano ultimately cleared nearing the three-quarter pole and reached that marker in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Campbell asked his trotter to try and sprint away, while Waples dropped in behind Tony Soprano for a brief moment. Dia Monde came back to the outside and powered by the public's choice to score an 8-1 upset in a career-best 1:54. Blenheim followed Dia Monde around the track to get up for second, while Tony Soprano was third in his season debut. Marion Marauder and Honor Above All secured the final two spots in next week's final. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dia Monde entered the Goodtimes elimination with a victory and runner-up finish in two starts this season. Friday's start was the first time Waples sat behind the Tom Durand trainee. "Tom's been around a long time and I've seen him come out with really good horses year after year," said Waples. "Sometimes he hands the lines over and sometimes he wants to drive them himself. "I had raced against him a couple of times when Tom had drove him and I think I even mentioned to him 'What a nice horse you got there' and it just worked out my way." Dia Monde is owned by June and Tom Durand along with Allan Smith. The sophomore trotter now has $26,500 earned this season after banking $11,900 in three starts as a rookie. Dia Monde paid $18.30 to win. Dia Monde The finals for both the $267,000 Armbro Flight and $268,000 Goodtimes were drawn following the eliminations Friday. The elimination winners earned the right to select their own post. Here are the fields for the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes finals to be contested on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 18). $267,000 Armbro Flight Final 1. Missys GaGa by Kadabra (Sylvain Filion) 2. Rockin With Dewey by Deweycheatumnhowe (Mario Baillargeon) 3. Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill (TBA) 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All (Yannick Gingras) 5. Charmed Life by Majestic Son (Jody Jamieson) 6. Stormont Kate by Kadabra (Trevor Henry) 7. Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover (David Miller) 8. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra (Roger Mayotte) 9. Barn Doll by Conway Hall (Jeff Gregory) 10. White Becomes Her by Angus Hall (Mario Baillargeon) AE: My Happiness E P by Credit Winner $268,000 Goodtimes Final 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide (Chris Christoforou) 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill (Scott Zeron) 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra (Paul MacDonell) 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe (Randy Waples) 5. Dayson by Conway Hall (Yannick Gingras) 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill (John Campbell) 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover (Brett Miller) 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee (David Miller) 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass (Trevor Henry) 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra (John Campbell) AE: Bee In Charge by Manofmanymissions Mark McKelvie

Three months after moving to Campbellville after nearly 40 years in Peterborough, the veteran Ontario trainer’s Ontario-sired trotter Hemi Seelster pulled off a stunning 76-1 upset in the Goodtimes Stakes on the Pepsi North America Cup harness racing undercard.   Pepsi North America Cup Night was surreal for John Bax of Campbellville on a number of fronts. Not only did his Ontario-sired pupil Hemi Seelster pull off a stunning 76-1 upset in the $233,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes against top Grand Circuit horses, the veteran Ontario trainer then presented the trophy to himself. The Goodtimes, for sophomore trotting males, is named for Bax’s former trotting great, a longtime warrior in the open trot at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004 after earning more than $2 million on the track. Bax, 60, said he was numb as he headed for the winner’s circle on June 20 after the Goodtimes. “I just handed (the trophy) to my wife, Vicky. I was there to give it, so I certainly had no trouble standing on the other side and taking it,” Bax said, laughing. Adding to the surreal nature of the night, it took just five minutes for Bax to make the trip home after the races, rather than the usual two- or three-hour trek. In April, Bax moved to the site of the famed standardbred breeding outfit Glengate Farms in Campbellville that ceased breeding operations in 2005. Until April, Bax had been based in Peterborough for his entire 38-year training career — a stint in which he trained the winners of well more than $17 million (trainer records weren’t kept for the first 16 years of his career) and earned a berth in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. “I drove a lot down the road, wore out a lot of trucks,” Bax said. “There were nights when I was heading home at midnight and they’ve got the 401 shut down in the middle of Toronto and you’re sitting there until 1:30 or 2 in the morning trying to get through and back home.” Needing to be up at the crack of dawn to train his stable compounded the wear and tear on the trainer. “I figured it out that if I was coming (to Mohawk) five days a week in the summer, that’s 20 hours plus (on the road),” Bax said. Bax said the move to the west side of Toronto, and closer to Ontario’s most lucrative tracks, only made sense because his 25-year-old son, Matt, is also a trainer. John also credits Matt for Hemi Seelster being in the Goodtimes in the first place. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even realize at first that (Hemi Seelster) was in the Goodtimes. Matt slipped one by me. He was always high on him,” John said. “It’s his baby and he sometimes, in his youth, gets a little over-stimulated or high on a horse, whereas I’ve been down that road before.” Hemi Seelster, a son of Holiday Road out of Hollywood Beauty bred by Seelster Farms in Lucan, ON, was a $19,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale in London — the exact same price John paid for Goodtimes as a yearling in 1992. Hemi Seelster is owned by John, Matt, John Houston of Cobourg, ON and the Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. John Bax pegged the gelding as more of an Ontario Sires Stakes horse than a top stakes horses. In against 1-5 favourite Canepa Hanover and 3-1 second choice French Laundry — both from the powerful Jimmy Takter stable — John said he was hoping for a fifth-place cheque with Hemi Seelster in the Goodtimes. But when Canepa Hanover and later French Laundry broke stride, John said he began counting horses in front of Hemi Seelster. “I really wasn’t paying so much attention to who was in front of us so much as the number there were… I don’t know if I breathed down the stretch,” John said. It was the first victory for Hemi Seelster in seven starts this year. All of this comes on the heels of one of John’s best years in the business. In 2014, John trained the winners of some $1.6 million. Two of John’s trainees — two-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle and three-year-old trotting filly Riveting Rosie — earned O’Brien Awards as the top horses in their division in Canada. Only 2001, when John earned some $1.85 million, won a Breeders Crown with Duke Of York at Woodbine and earned the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year, was better, statistically, than last year. Beyond Goodtimes and Duke Of York ($900,000 lifetime), John has trained a long string of Ontario-sired trotting stars over his career, including: Define The World ($1.65 million), Charmed Life ($830,000), Northern Bailey ($775,000), Pepi Lavec ($650,000), Summer Indian ($435,000), Oaklea Odessa ($410,000), Oaklea Omega ($400,000), Elegant Supreme ($380,000) and Aimees Image ($230,000) Though Hemi Seelster is bound mostly for the Ontario Sires Stakes program this summer — of which John Bax is both a huge proponent and, historically, one of its most successful trainers — he said he might take a shot at the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Ontario-sired Stubborn Belle (Taurus Dream—Musetta Hanover) in August at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He said he hopes Ontario-sired Riveting Rosie (Muscle Mass—Rose De Vie Stena) can overcome allergy issues in time to race in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. For now, the trainer is happy to enjoy an easier commute, easy access to Mohawk Racetrack to train horses and Hemi Seelster’s surprising Goodtimes victory. “I suppose at the end of the day it makes that $1,000 or $2,000 entry fee a little more bearable. It gives you a little hope,” he said. Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing standardbrednews@ontariohorseracing.ca (519) 782-7178   Please visit: www.ontariohorseracing.ca

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, ON --- Hemi Seelster lit up the toteboard, upsetting at 76-1 odds after the heavily favored Canepa Hanover and French Laundry broke stride during this year’s edition of the C$233,000 Goodtimes final on Saturday evening (June 20) at Mohawk Raceway, part of the Pepsi North America Cup harness racing undercard. With the victory, it was an extra special night for the winning trainer John Bax. He not only conditions Hemi Seelster, but he was the trainer of the great trotter Goodtimes. Bax was already in the winner’s circle waiting to present the trophy to the winning connections, who happened to be him. “I am a little numb,” admitted Bax. “I always dreamed that I’d be able to give the trophy to myself and that was a little bit of a pipe dream. Yeah, this was quite a shock.” Hemi Seelster and driver Steve Byron’s trip to the winner’s circle started by getting away fifth as Rubber Duck bolted to the front in the early going. The 1-5 favorite Canepa Hanover made a bid for the lead as Rubber Duck posted the opening panel in :27. Jimmy Takter trainee Canepa Hanover broke stride just as he made the front so Rubber Duck was able to retain the lead. Covert Operative then vacated the pocket on the backstretch, passing his rival after a :57.3 half. The 5-2 second choice French Laundry, also trained by Takter, then took his turn for command, putting pressure on Covert Operative through the far turn. But French Laundry faltered as they passed the three-quarter marker in 1:25.4. Staying just off the constant action at the front, Hemi Seelster was fourth at the top of the stretch, surging past the pack with a :27.1 final quarter to score by 1-1/4 lengths over a late-closing The Bank in 1:54. Rubber Duck faded to third. "When (Canepa Hanover) made a break that sure helped, but I was just hoping to get a good trip and get away close and hopefully see what happens at the end of the mile and it worked out perfect," said Byron. "He's getting more manageable. He is a big strong horse and he showed he could compete tonight." The 3-year-old son of Holiday Road and Hollywood Beauty captured his first win in six starts this year, and his fourth career win in 16 outings. By winning the lion’s share of the purse, the brown gelding lifts his lifetime earnings to C$175,025 for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax, John Houston, and Goin To The Show Stable. Hemi Seelster returned $155.10 and $110; there was no show wagering. from WEG Communications

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