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MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Down Under Pacers have a successful harness racing day at Plainridge Park on Monday. The raceway in Massachusetts of Plainridge Park saw four down under horses win and a further two placings. It all started off with Ideal Star N pacing 1:51.3 around the 5/8th mile track (1000m) to win his $15,000 pace. That was quickly backed up by Audi Hare N who came out on top in a close finish in 1:52.1, giving trainer Sheena Mcelhiney and driver Shawn T Gray a double with Ideal Star N and Audi Hare N. Next up was Fernleigh Rebel N who was far too good for his field winning in 1:53.4. Finally the amazing winner of over $1 million Bettors Fire scored another victory for his career winning the $12,000 pace in 1:52.1. This 12yo son of Bettors Delight has raced in 3 countries over his racing career and holds a lifetime mark of 1:50.2.  The four Down Under horses that won on the day were aged 6, 8, 10, and 12.  A great representation of the successful future a harness horse can have racing in a different hemisphere after racing Down Under.    Down Under Trotter keeps on winning in North America. Majestic Player A has put up yet another big winning performance on Saturday night racing at Hoosier Park in Indiana. It was a convincing win on the night just like the way she has been winning all year. The Walter Haynes Jr trained and Sam Widger driven gelding trotted the mile in 1:51.4. It was the 6yo son of Majestic Sons 13th victory for the season in the US and has also placed a further two seconds. An export from Yabby Dam Farms in Melbourne, Australia, Majestic Player A is really flying the flag for the few Down Under Trotters racing in North America.   Monday 14th September   Plainridge Park MA Ideal Star N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $15,000   Audi Hare N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $10,500 Fernleigh Rebel N – Time: 1:53.4, Stake: $9,000 Bettors Fire N – Time: 1:52.1, Stake: $12,000   Yonkers Raceway NY Luciano N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $8,500 Mr Cool Seaeyre N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $8,500 Zach Maguire N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500 Down Under First 4 – 2nd Soho Wallstreet A, 3rd Wardan Express A, 4th Yayas Hot Spot N Provocativeprince N – Time: 1:54.1, Stake: $12,500   Tuesday 15th September   Harrington Raceway DE Lincolns Girl N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $7,500 Running Aces Casino & Racetrack MN Quite A Delight N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $5,200 My Kiwi Lady N – Time: 1:53.1, Stake: $9,000   Saratoga Harness NY Barynya A – Time: 1:57.4, Stake: $3,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Amrcanbootscoota A – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $8,500 Walkinshaw N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $12,500 Anne Bonney N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,000 Military Master A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $15,000   Wednesday 16th September   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Myidealson N – Time: 1:53.0, Stake: $7,600 Delishka N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $14,400 American Empress N – Time: 1:51.2, Stake: $8,800   Thursday 17th September   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Executive Dash N – Time: 1:55.3, Stake: $3,600 Yonkers Raceway NY Shes Sporty A – Time: 1:55.1, Stake: $8,500 Kimani N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $12,500 Lucky Artist A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $15,000 Upper Sandusky OH Iam Erik N – Time: 1:57.1, Stake: $1,750   Friday 18th September   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Captain Dolmio N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $5,000 Shenandoah Downs VA Hugh Hefner N – Time: 1:55.4, Stake: $4,500   Yonkers Raceway NY Tin Roof Raider A – Time: 1:53.3, Stake: $8,500 Soho Lennon N – Time: 1:54.0, Stake: $15,000 Mickey Gee N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $25,000 Runrunjimmydunn N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $15,000   Saturday 19th September   Batavia Downs NY Sir Richie N – Time: 1:56.1, Stake: $5,000   Freehold Raceway NJ Power Dreaming N – Time: 1:57.3, Stake: $5,000 Imarocnrollegend N – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $12,000 Vapour N – Time: 1:55.2, Stake: $7,700   Harrah’s Hoosier Park IN Majestic Player A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $18,000   Hawthorne Racecourse IL Tulhurstsantanna A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,500   Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway OH Cyclone Kiwi N – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $9,900   Meadowlands NJ Whitehaven Lass A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $8,000   Ocean Downs MD Shneonucrzydiamnd A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $5,600   Shenandoah Downs VA Kotare Yael N – Time: 1:56.0, Stake: $4,500   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Need Luck N – Time: 1:55.0, Stake: $11,200 Stromont Czar A – Time: 1:50.4, Stake: $10,000 Lachie Maguire N – Time: 1:51.0, Stake: $16,000 Kerford Road A – Time: 1:50.1, Stake: $11,200 Itsrockandroll A – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $11,200   Kawartha Downs CA Brigadierbronski A – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $4,900   Sunday 20th September   Harrahs Philadelphia PA Ana Afreet N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $10,000 Vettel N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $11,600 Jacks Shadow N – Time: 1:51.3, Stake: $8,800 Paduka N – Time: 1:52.2, Stake: $6,800   Northfield Park OH Lettucerockthem A – Time: 1:52.4, Stake: $7,200 He Can Fly N – Time: 1:51.4, Stake: $8,800   The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono PA Coveredndiamonds N – Time: 1:54.3, Stake: $6,800 Shezza GnP A – Time: 1:53.2, Stake: $8,800   Flamboro Downs CA  Toot Toot N – Time: 1:54.4, Stake: $6,500   Leamington Raceway CA Bute Courage N – Time: 1:59.4, Stake: $4,200 Cullens Kefe N – Time: 1:59.3, Stake: $5,000   Click here for previous weeks articles   by Carter Dalgety

The Paulick Reports that the New York State Gaming Commission announced a unanimous decision Monday to uphold a hearing officer's recommendation to suspend harness trainer Michael Temming for 20 years after two of his horses tested positive for a blood doping agent. Temming was summarily suspended after the findings were announced in January of this year, and his hearing was continued at his request until July. The Association of Racing Commissioners International announced on Jan. 23, 2020 that Temming trainees had tested positive post-race for IOX-2, a stabilizer of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), which is known as a blood and gene doping agent capable of stimulating effects similar to EPO as well as overall physical stimulation of the user. Temming-trained Sports Bettor who ran in Yonkers Race 4 Dec. 7, 2019 and Showmeyourguns (Yonkers Race 7 Dec. 17, 2019) both tested positive for IOX-2, and Temming was later found to have purchased “a large quantity” of the drug. Both horses were disqualified and officially unplaced in those races. Their purses will be reallocated to the remainder of the field. Read more about the IOX-2 findings here.

Warrawee Vital and Catch The Fire headlines a field of 14 three-year-old  harness racing pacers in the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, to be held Thursday, September 24th at the Delaware County Fair. Canadian invader Warrawee Vital comes into the Jug with a three race win streak, including the Somebeachsomewhere and Simcoe Stakes, both held at Woodbine Standardbred At Mohawk Park. His lifetime best time of 1:48.2 came in the Somebeachsomewhere Stake on September 12. Warrawee Vital will leave from post #3 in the second elimination. Tim Tetrick, who is looking for his first Jug title, will drive. Robert Fellows trains the colt for Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M & S Racing Stable. Warrawee Vital's chief rival should be Sandbetweenmytoes who will leave from post five. The Somebeachsomewhere colt has earned $177,142 during his career for Fashion Farms. Jim Campbell trains and Scott Zeron is listed to drive. The Ohio owned and trained Catch The Fire leads the first $111,800 elimination. The son of Captaintreacherous won the $375,000 Adios Pace Final on August 1 in 1:49.3. Catch The Fire has won more than $480,000 with six career wins. John Ackley trains Catch The Fire for the CT Stables of Washington Court House, Ohio. Catch The Fire will be piloted by Mike Wilder and will leave from post #5. $111,800 First Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Seeyou At Thebeach (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 2. Chief Mate (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 3. Later Dudes (David Miller/Nancy Takter) 4. Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman/Eric Mollor) 5. Catch The Fire (Mike Wilder/John Ackley) 6. Genius Man (Marcus Miller/Erv Miller) 7. Tell The Lou (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) $111,800 Second Elimination Post Horse (Driver/Trainer) 1. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn/Mark Harder) 2. Capt Midnight (Dexter Dunn/Tony Alagna) 3. Warrawee Vital (Tim Tetrick/Robert Fellows) 4. Moneyman Hill (Brett Miller/Carmine Auciello) 5. Sandbetweenmytoes (Scott Zeron/Jim Campbell) 6. Captain Barbosa (Joe Bongiorno/Tony Alagna) 7. Cattlewash (David Miller/Ron Burke) The first four finishers in the eliminations return for the $335,400 final. The 2020 Jug Day will feature 20 races and will go postward at 12:00 Noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

Hightstown, NJ — Party Girl Hill, undefeated in nine races this year, was among 11 harness racing horses entered in Wednesday’s (Sept. 23) $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Chris Ryder trainee competes in the second of the event’s two eliminations. The top-four finishers from each elim advance to the same-day final. The first elimination features five fillies. They are, in post order: New Year, Keystone Eureka, Peaky Sneaky, Blazin Grace, and Seadog Lady. The second elim, in post order: Lyons Sentinel, Party Girl Hill, Lady Lou, Marloe Hanover, Perfect Storm, and Bolt Of Beauty. Party Girl Hill, undefeated in nine races this year, was among 11 horses entered in Wednesday’s $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers. Chris Gooden photo. Party Girl Hill, a daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Look Cheap bred and owned by Tom Hill, enters the Jugette off a Sept. 6 win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Her victories this season also include the Fan Hanover Stakes and Adioo Volo. She has earned $482,181 in 2020, the top figure among all 3-year-old filly pacers. Ryder also sends out New Year in the first elim. She enters the event off a win in a conditioned race Sept. 16 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. It was her first victory in eight races this year. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing. Lyons Sentinel was the 2019 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer. She has one win and five second-place finishes in seven races this season. She won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in July and her runner-up finishes include the Adioo Volo and Mistletoe Shalee. Lyons Sentinel is trained by Jim King Jr. for owner Threelyonsracing. Tony Alagna-trained Lady Lou goes to the Jugette with five consecutive second-place finishes. Most recently, she was second in a division of the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 12. She also was second in the Fan Hanover final, her Fan Hanover elimination, the Shady Daisy, and a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. She is owned by Brad Grant and Steve Heimbecker. Peaky Sneaky, trained by Nancy Takter, is the leading money-winner in the first elimination. She most recently won a Fan Hanover elimination and finished third in the final. She is owned by Howard Taylor, Judy Taylor, and Order By Stable. Racing begins at noon Wednesday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Well-known Melbourne horsebreaker Ron Francis says the number one criteria in his business is patience-and lots of it. "If you can't be calm and tolerant, then you are best not even thinking about trying to break-in a horse," Francis said. "I guess there's a knack to it. But you also have to enjoy what you are doing, and I absolutely love it." Francis, who lives at Woodstock, 40 kms north-east of the Melbourne CBD, has also tasted his fair share of success as a harness racing trainer. "I've had some nice winners over the years, but I much prefer the breaking-in side of the sport," he said. "I used to enjoy it a helluva a lot more back in the day. You would sometimes make some mistakes along the way, but staying patient is always the key." Francis, who admits he hasn't broken-in all that many in recent years, is held in high regard with his exceptional skills. "I've got a 96 percent breaking-in to win ratio which is pretty good. There's one owner who has been with me for the past 25 years. I think I enjoy it a lot more than training because the reward is that you get results and you see this from the first day you take them on," he said. Yearling filly out of Somedreamsomewhere being long reined Francis said he was taught the art of horse breaking by his late father, Ron snr, when he was about 16 years old. "We lived in Northcote back then. Dad use to train pacers himself as well as do some breakers," he said. "We were in the caretaker's residence at the Fitzroy Cricket Club, and dad and I also made wickets - that was something a bit different! "The first horse I broke in was with dad helping me. It was a filly sent to us by the late Don Dove, who was a great trainer-driver, and she was an absolute lunatic. Anyway, we must have succeeded because I didn't get deterred!" Francis said he'd been breaking in horses ever since, learning more all the time about the best ways to progress and teach the youngsters to become tractable and willing racehorses. He said after handling the babies, he then starts the mouthing routine. "This part is so important. I fit the mouthing gear on and leave it for just a short time before taking it off. Then over the next few days, I gradually tighten it all up a little," he explained. "They need to get used to this and be happy. Then comes teaching them on the long reins to turn left and right, to steer and also obey other instructions like stop and go." "From then, it all depends on the horse and its attitude, but when they're ready I then start working on helping them become familiar with a cart and pulling the cart. I usually have them in the cart within eight weeks. It's a very satisfying job." The same Somedreamesomewhere filly goes in the cart for the first time  Francis said at one stage he was pretty much the exclusive horse breaker for former keen breeder Des McQueen, of Lower Plenty, who raced horses with the "Tibur" moniker. "Des was passionate. He was involved in the Breeders' Association as secretary and would send his broodmares off to get in foal every year," he said. "I think the first one he raced was Tibur Prince, a Classic Garry sired pacer. Prince won quite a few for Robbie O'Connell, who is still training, before going up north and racing successfully in Queensland, and all up he won about 16 races. Every Tibur horse I broke in went on and won. "One of the best I trained was Tibur Power, along with a horse named Pacesetter, but a few other handy ones I had were The Accurate One, Hec's Elect, Ringtripleowe and Somedreamsomewhere." Records show that Tibur Power raced for five seasons from 2004 and posted 17 wins and 42 placings for $110,000. Pacesetter had 12 wins (eight at Moonee Valley) and 21 minors for $60K, while The Accurate One scored five wins, claiming an M0 event, also at Moonee Valley. Ron said he'd recently enjoyed breaking in a few youngsters with a nearby friend Brian Ruschmeyer. "Brian lives 10 minutes away at Yan Yean and I use his track now and again."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2020 - The harness racing field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday's noon deadline. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (September 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the race sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. Each of the nine slots sold were considered an entity that could be sold, traded or leased. All nine slot owners have retained their slots with several opting to privately negotiate a deal to have a horse they do not own compete in their slot. The field for the Mohawk Million is listed below by slot owner name. Slot Owner: Brad Grant Horse: Venerate Owner: Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Trainer: Julie Miller Slot Owner: Courant Inc. Horse: Iznogoud AM S Owner: Courant Inc. Trainer: Marcus Melander Slot Owner: Determination Horse: Donna Soprano (Filly) Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais Slot Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Horse: Altar (Filly) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Per Engblom Slot Owner: Dreamland Farms Horse: Full Of Muscles Owner: Farhi Standardbreds Corp. Trainer: Brad Maxwell Slot Owner: Fashion Farms Horse: Bravado Fashion Owner: Fashion Farms LLC. Trainer: Jim Campbell Slot Owner: Glengate Farms Horse: Warrawee Whisper Owner: Mark Steacy, Natasha Rivest, Stephen Klunowski and Dr. Michael Wilson Trainer: Shawn Steacy Slot Owner: Jeffrey Snyder Horse: Tokyo Seelster Owner: Michael Sergi, Sam Sergi and Braveheart Racing Trainer: Richard Moreau Slot Owner: John Fielding Horse: Insta Glam (Filly) Owner: Goran Falk and Christina Takter Trainer: Nancy Takter Wellwood Winner Slot Horse: On A Streak Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais The post-position draw for the Mohawk Million will take place this evening at 6:20 p.m. The draw will be part of the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show prior to Monday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie will host this evening's Mohawk Million coverage on Woodbine Racing Live. This evening's festivities include a message from Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, a closer look at each horse in the field and the post-position draw with Scott McKelvie, Race Secretary for Mohawk Park. The draw can be seen live on multiple platforms, including Woodbine Mohawk Park's website, Facebook, HPIbet, HPItv and all distributors carrying Woodbine's simulcast signal. The $1 million Mohawk Park is the main event of Canada's richest night of harness racing. The Mohawk Million card also includes the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Post time for Saturday's rich card is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

DUNDAS, SEPT. 20, 2020 – The Wild Card scored his fifth Grassroots win on Sunday, Sept. 20 to wrap up the regular harness racing season with a perfect record and the top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Flamboro Downs bettors sent the colt off as the heavy favourite from Post 1 in the first $22,800 Grassroots split and driver Doug McNair let the colt settle into second early as Noneyabizzness powered out to a :26.3 quarter. The favourites were soon out and driving and The Wild Card led the field through a :54.4 half and a 1:24.2 three-quarters before digging in down the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:53.1. Captivate Hanover finished second and Bettor At Hightide was third. “He’s just a nice little horse. He’s handy, he’s quick off the gate and he’s always happy, he’s got his ears up and he just keeps going,” said McNair. “He kind of got tortured a little bit tonight, I mean I had to go a big half with him, I was out a long way with him, and he just kept going. He’s just a nice little horse to drive.” The Guelph resident piloted The Wild Card to all five of his Grassroots wins for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. Three of those wins came at Woodbine Mohawk Park and one at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Sunday’s appearance was The Wild Card’s first start on a half-mile since an unsuccessful tour of Clinton Raceway last summer so Moore gave the Bettors Delight son a trial run over the Flamboro oval on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “There was a little question about the half-mile track, because he’s only a little guy but he has a really big swing behind, especially on his inside leg. When we raced him at Clinton last year he couldn’t get around the turns very good at all, he struggled with it, so I took him down Wednesday, me and the guy that looks after him, Joe Tulino, and I trained him in 2:03 down there in the bike, just went the one trip. Last quarter in :28, last half in :58, and he got around there no problem at all,” said Moore. “We were humming and hawing whether I should put him in Mohawk Saturday in non-winners of five or whatever, but I’m glad we went there, it worked out all right.” With 250 points, The Wild Card will lead the sophomore pacing colts into the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals. The top 20 point earners qualify for the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advance to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. McNair may face a tough decision in the postseason. He also piloted Mayhem Hanover to a win on Sunday, qualifying the defending Grassroots champion for the Semi-Finals. Heading into the final leg Mayhem Hanover had made just one start in the Grassroots, finishing third, but Sunday’s win gave him the required two starts and vaulted him into the top 20 with 62 points. “He’s been racing against tough horses so he finally got a little bit of a break,” said McNair of the colt’s recent starts in the North America Cup, Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere. “He’s just kind of on the border. Just a little behind them other guys, not far though.” Starting from Post 9, Mayhem Hanover got away fourth as Sunshine List led the field to a :26.4 quarter. Coming off the second turn McNair tipped Mayhem Hanover to the outside and started to advance on favourite Bettorbuckleup, who hit the half in :55.3. By the 1:23 three-quarters Mayhem Hanover had edged Bettorbuckleup and from there the colt opened up a five and one-half length margin on his peers, hitting the wire in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Sunshine List got up for second and Bettorbuckleup settled for third. “He went a good trip here tonight. His first time on a half too it was. He trains over a half all the time, but he hasn’t raced anywhere other than Mohawk,” said trainer Gregg McNair. “That was a real impressive mile he went there tonight.” Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON share ownership of Mayhem Hanover. The win was the Sportswriter son’s second in 11 sophomore starts. The other $23,150 Grassroots division went to Day Delight and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who sat in the pocket behind McNair and Poseidon Seelster as they clocked fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:23.1. In the stretch Day Delight held off Sports Obsession for a head victory in 1:52.4. Poseidon Seelster finished third. “He just seems to be getting better all the time. That was a big mile tonight,” said Rockwood resident Bill Manes, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. “We were a little disappointed the last Grassroots (Sept. 7) when he was the big favourite and got beat, but he bounced back pretty good.” Victor Puddy trains Day Delight, who finishes the regular season with 122 points from two wins, one third and two fifths, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Victoria's ambassadors for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, John Caldow and Mick Bellman, have shaken off the shackles and hit their straps! The pair, regarded as two of the country's best reinsmen, are sporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia silks for the month of September, and have posted an impressive seven wins over the past few days. "I've got to hand it to Mick, he's been the top performer recently and deserves it," Caldow said. "He'll bob up at any meeting he can drive at and his form at Ballarat and then Horsham was sensational," he said. Harness Racing Victoria is donating $500 to PCFA for every winning drive by Caldow and Bellman, during September, while clubs and individuals have also come on board to support the worthy cause. Both Bellman and Caldow had been chipping away tasting success and quietly boosting the coffers for the promotion to raise funds and promote awareness of the disease, but in the past week have found some serious form. Mick Bellman was at his brilliant best with a treble at Horsham last week – one of his winners was Crompton Bay. Caldow landed Pantzup at Melton just days into the awareness month and then a week later made it a winning double with Kasbah Kid (trained by Freddy Taiba) and Andover Sun (for his wife Maree). He followed up with a victory at Cranbourne with Letherhairdown, prepared by Blake Caruana. And last Friday at Melton he again injected some cash into the campaign, landing Kasbah Kid again and 20/1 shot Will And Andy for trainer Laraine McKenzie. "I've been happy with how I've been going along, but Mick really jumped into the spotlight with five winners and a few placings over a few days to move things along a bit," Caldow said. It's a somewhat scary statistic, but every three minutes, six Aussie men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. "A couple of our owners have been diagnosed with it, but thankfully they are in the clear now, Caldow said. "A lot of us blokes get a little complacent when it comes to health, but it's so important to look after yourself and get tested as soon as you hit 50 years of age," he said. "Having to do a medical for our licence renewal is a good thing, because I will be honest and put my hand up and say I might be one of those who wouldn't get around to it if I didn't have to do that medical every year. "But it's really easy because an accurate blood test can measure your risk for having prostate cancer." Under the COVID-19 regional racing, Caldow who lives at Melton, has been able to compete at just his home track and one other in Cranbourne. "Melton has been racing once a week and the fields have been strong. Taking the opportunities I've been getting into consideration, I'm really rapt with winners I've been able to get," he said. Bellman got a Stawell winner early days with Aerodyne Guy for trainer Owen Martin and then posted a string of second and third placings. Along the way he also reached a career milestone of 1500 winners-well deserved for the hard working and popular freelance driver. Then at Ballarat and Horsham meetings last week, Bellman was at his best with a double and then a treble. He landed Hanging On A Dream (Keith Douglas) and Eastbro Adele (Rebecca East) at Ballarat as well a two minor placings. Then at Horsham it was Liberland (Gary Donaldson), Aerodyne Guy (Owen Martin) and Crompton Bay (Ricky Ryan) all in the winner's circle as well as one placegetter. "I'm just honored to be part of it, particularly joining John as an ambassador is something special. The support has been overwhelming with the Horsham, Ararat and Stawell clubs in my region all backing it through donations and social media accounts," Bellman said. And with still nine days remaining, you can be assured that Caldow and Bellman will be eager to make every post a winner. To donate, please head to https:/   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

LEXINGTON, KY -- Glamour-boy phenom Tall Dark Stranger continued his winning ways when holding off stablemate Fortify to win the $250,000 Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace Final of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), which was one of eight harness racing divisions on the $2-million championship card Sunday (Sept. 20) at The Red Mile. Securing the pocket to a :26.1 first quarter, Tall Dark Stranger slid off the pylons and around early leader Caliber to lead the field by the half in :54.2. The North America Cup champ continued on a loose lead to three-quarters in 1:21.3 as Fortify mounted a late-race challenge from pocket turning for the finish. The Nancy Takter-trained pair raced on equal terms to mid-stretch but Tall Dark Stranger surged back to the front to win by a neck in 1:48. Captain Kirk finished third with Sea Of Life fourth. Passing $1 million in earnings this season and padding his career earnings to $1,741,645 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor, Tall Dark Stranger won his eighth race from nine starts this season and his 16th from 18 overall. Yannick Gingras drove the Bettors Delight colt--bred by James Avritt Sr. out of his mare Precocious Beauty--who paid $2.10 to win. Driver David Miller began his big day with Blue Diamond Eyes, besting 2-5 favorite Making Waves in a 1:51 mile to win the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and his first of four finals on the afternoon. Away third as Making Waves paced to the quarter in :28.3, Blue Diamond Eyes edged off the pylons moving to the backstretch and brushed to the top heading towards a :56.4 half. Making Waves tracked the leader tightly from the pocket rounding the final turn to three-quarters in 1:24.3, where the public choice angled outside for the attack. Through the stretch Making Waves dug into Blue Diamond Eyes, but the Ron Burke trainee repelled the pocket popper and hold sway by one-and-a-half lengths. Making Waves settled for second with High Minded sliding up the pegs for third and Single Girl snagging fourth. Off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, Blue Diamond Eyes added a fourth win to her seven-start resume and pushed her bankroll to $317,042 for owners Thomas and Scott Dillon. The Brittany Farms-bred Captaintreacherous filly returned $6.40 to win. Undefeated Always B Miki colt Perfect Sting kept his record intact with a blowout 1:49.4 victory in the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace in rein to David Miller. Native's Filou fired from post 7 to the lead entering the first turn and took the field by the quarter in :28.2. Perfect Sting soon tipped outside from fourth and advanced towards the lead moving into the backstretch, but Native's Filou accelerated towards the half to stretch out Perfect Sting to a :55 midpoint. The 1-9 favourite cleared command heading to the final turn and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Native's Filou angled from the pocket to challenge the leader late, though levelled out late while Perfect Sting strode away to a two-and-a-half length victory. Captains Place slid up the pylons for third with Fulsome taking fourth. Winning all six of his starts, Perfect Sting--a homebred for Brittany Farms LLC and Val D'Or Farms--has earned $194,400. Joe Holloway, who trained the colt's dam Shebestingin, conditions the $2.10 winner. Off a runner-up finish in the Peaceful Way Stakes, Lady Chaos returned stateside with a sweeping move late in the mile for David Miller to score at 6-1 in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Race-favorite Darlene Hanover dashed by early leader Beautiful Game after a :27.4 opening quarter to lead the field into the backstretch. Dutiful raced third while Miller floated Lady Chaos slightly off the pegs from fourth as Darlene Hanover strolled to the half in :56.1. The Linda Toscano trainee flushed Dutiful for cover into the final turn but fanned three wide by three-quarters in 1:25 for the stretch drive. Darlene Hanover clung to a diminishing lead as Beautiful Game veered out of the pocket to take a short lead before Lady Chaos, towards the center of the track, stormed by to win in 1:53.1. Eazy Pass rallied to best Darlene Hanover in the final strides for third. Now a four-time winner from seven starts, Lady Chaos has banked $248,303 for owners Richard Gutnick, Thomas Pontone, Joseph Lozito Jr. and Enviro Stables Ltd. The Cantab Hall filly bred by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Av And Son Bloodstock LLC paid $14.40 to win. Linda Toscano and Dave Miller teamed in the following final with Baby Your The Best to upset 1-9 favorite Reflect With Me with a 1:49.3 mile in the Three-Year-Old Filly Pace. Pettycoat Business protected position from the pylon post moving to a :27.3 first quarter but yielded control when Baby Your The Best brushed first over from third into the backstretch. Baby Your The Best kept the pace hot to a :55.2 half and to three-quarters in 1:23.1 as Reflect With Me attempted to gain ground first over. Spinning for the finish Baby Your The Best scooted away from Reflect With Me, extending her lead to three-and-a-half lengths at the finish with Pettycoat Business finishing third and Gai Waterhouse fourth. A Captaintreacherous filly owned by Richard and Joanne Young, Baby Your The Best won her third race from nine starts this season and her fifth from 22 overall, earning $457,947. Steve Stewart, Conquest Acres Lp and Michael Robinson bred the $14.20 winner. Per Engblom trainee Beads trotted a paid workout at the start of the Sunday card with a 1:51.2 romp in the Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot. Driver Brian Sears sent the Archangel colt to the point from post 2 and held a firm lead through fractions of :28.2, :56.2 and 1:24 before widening to a three-and-three-quarter length victory as the 1-9 favorite. Barley inched by pocket-sitter Ontopofthehill to take second while Simsalabim gave chase in fourth. Beads, bred by Atlantic Trot Inc. and Steve Stewart, competes for owners Renee Spahr and Christina Takter. The colt collected his fifth win from 10 starts this season and his seventh from 18 overall, earning $260,463. He paid $2.10 to win. Hypnotic AM surpassed the million-dollar plateau with a 1:51.1 victory as the 3-5 favorite in the Three-Year-Old Filly Trot. The Marcus Melander-trained Chapter Seven filly landed in the pocket behind Panem moving to a :27.2 opening quarter. As Tuscany parked and progressed uncovered before going offstride into the backside, Hypnotic AM vacated pocket and circled to the front heading to a :55 half. Crucial edged first over and rolled towards the leader with Ms Savannah Belle in tow circling the final turn, drawing within a length of the lead by three-quarters in 1:23.2. Hypnotic AM drifted slightly off the pylons through the stretch, leaving a seam for Panem to slide through and secure second while Crucial gave pursuit from third and Ms Savannah Belle settled for fourth. Bred by Courant A B for owner Courant Inc., Hypnotic AM won her fifth race from nine starts this season and her 12th from 18 overall, amassing $1,041,260 in earnings. Brian Sears drove the $3.40 winner. With 7-5 favorite Cuatro De Julio losing stride into the first turn, Venerate vaulted to the lead and cruised to a 1:51.4 victory in the Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, a fifth of a second off the world record. Venerate led pylon-starter Cricket Fashion by the quarter in :28 with New Legacy racing third and Bidensky fourth. The Julie Miller-trained colt by Love You continued uncontested to the half in :56.1 and by three-quarters in 1:24.4 chased by Cricket Fashion as his lead grew. Venerate hit the finish clear of Cricket Fashion with New Legacy farther back in third and Bidensky taking fourth. Owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc., Venerate won his third race from six starts, earning $188,766. Steve Stewart and Kemppi Stable bred the $10.40 winner while Andy Miller sat in the bike. State-bred stakes action continues at The Red Mile on Monday (Sept. 21) with eight $50,000 finals of the Kentucky Commonwealth Stakes for freshmen and sophomores of each sex and gait. First-race post time for the 12-race card is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Today’s Deutsches Traber Derby at Berlin Mariendorf in Germany (purse 200,050€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 4.4/1 Wild West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stabke Why Not. This was his second 2020 victory in six starts and raised his lifetime earnings to 135,811€. 11/1 Straight Flush (3m Pastor Stephen-Pantsnsox Diamant) took second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 6.5/1 Toto Borosso (3m Ready Cash-Bibi Borosso) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Gold Cap BR (3m Prodigious-Baccara BR) was fourth for Cees F. Kamminga. The 5/10 favorite Keytothehill was a miscue dq along with Cunningham and Venture Capital. Wild West Diamant Wild West Diamant  On the undercard was the Traber-Derby B Finale (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) and Body N Soul (3m Maharajah-Reve d’Amour) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Mike Lenders for Stall Soulmate. Winnetou Diamant (3m Conway Hall) was next for the Bakker/Hagoort team and Knock On Wood (3g Expo Bi) was third for Jaap van Rijn. Body N Soul Yesterday was the annual Derby Auktion Berlin. The catalog, videos and results follow. There were 84 lots sold. The sale topper was hip 9, Lauria Inferior S (f, Muscle Hill-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), that brought 100,000€. Her first dam was a great racemare that won 841,937€ in her exceptional career and now the dam of Axl Rose, a winner of 576,935€. Laura Inferior S   Other sale leaders included hip 10, Hurricane (m, Father Patrick-Scully’s Girl-Muscle Hill-Scully FBI), for a 90,000€ winning bid. Hip 54, Matt A Fortuna (m, Southwind Franck-Freeway Fortuna-Conway Hall) was next at 65,000€., Berlin Marienndorf files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning harness racing victory in the $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All eyes were on heavy-favourite Ready For Moni in the rich event for three-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee and driver Yannick Gingras made the front in the second-quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final-eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill and driver Andy McCarthy had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The 'Nifty' Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by half a length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me made a first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof Shes Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. The Norman trainee made over $248,000 at age two and was sitting on $86,169 earned in 2020 prior to the Canadian Trotting Classic. "I've been watching this horse and he has been sneaky good," said McCarthy. "I ended up in a spot that I wasn't too happy about heading around the last turn, but I was able to shake him out and sneak him back up the inside." Chestnut Hill, who was a $410,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2018, is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. A $2 win ticket on Chestnut Hill returned $122.90. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A rich stakes-filled harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park also included the eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and Milton Stakes. A group of 14 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $35,000 Shes A Great Lady divisions, while 13 older pacing mares were split into two $35,000 Milton eliminations. Driver Yannick Gingras swept the Shes A Great Lady eliminations, guiding Scarlett Hanover and Caviart Audrey to victories. Entering on a two-race win streak, Scarlett Hanover took top spot at the half and engaged in a third-quarter battle with Best Head West before turning that rival aside and finishing off her mile in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2. Notorious Pink finished second by a length and a half, while Best Head West was third. Spellcheck Hanover and Alumni Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover is now five for nine on the season with $222,890 earned for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. Ashleigh Hensley trains the rookie pacing filly. Scarlett Hanover paid $3.50 to win. Scarlett Hanover The next elimination saw Caviart Audrey move to the lead in the second-quarter and go the distance for a 1:52.4 victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was steered by Gingras for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Caviart Farms. A :27.4 final-quarter locked down a fourth win in five starts for Caviart Audrey, who is now three for three since arriving at Mohawk Park. Her earnings move up to $126,737 with the latest victory. Twin B Sunkissed closed up well to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Paulas Bet Hanover, Voelz Delight and Lady Arthur rounded out the top-five. Caviart Audrey paid $2.20 to win. Caviart Audrey The Milton eliminations each saw three-across finishes to set the scene for an intriguing final. Warrawee Ubeaut appeared home free in the first elimination, but hit a wall late and watched as Kissin In The Sand shot by for a 1:49.2 victory. Jody Jamieson steered the Takter trainee to her second win in six starts this season. Warrawee Ubeaut just held on for second over Treacherous Reign, while Lit De Rose and Stonebridge Soul also advanced to the final. A five-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, Kissin In The Sand had been off over a month prior to Saturday's start. The career winner of 21 races and $1.3 million is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Kissin In The Sand paid $8.10 to win. Kissin In The Sand Tom Fanning trained Trillions Hanover moved to the lead at the half and dug in gamely to hold off So Much More and Caviart Ally in the second split. Bob McClure guided the four-year-old to her second win of the season, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Owned by VIP Internet Stables, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang, Trillions Hanover was making her first start since finishing second in the Roses Are Red on August 29. She's now earned over $110,000 this season and sports career numbers of 12 wins and $362,869 earned for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Philly Hanover and Boadicea completed the top-five to advance to next week's $215,000 final. Trillions Hanover paid $10 to win. Trillions Hanover The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final and $215,000 Milton Stakes final will take place next Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The post positions for those races and the Metro Pace are listed below. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady 1 Voelz Delight 2 Twin B Sunkissed 3 Scarlett Hanover 4 Caviart Audrey 5 Notorious Pink 6 Spellcheck Hanover 7 Alumni Seelster 8 Paulas Bet Hanover 9 Lady Arthur 10 Best Head West AE: Postscript $215,000 Milton 1 Treacherous Reign 2 Warrawee Ubeaut 3 Kissin In The Sand 4 Trillions Hanover 5 Boadicea 6 So Much More 7 Philly Hanover 8 Lit De Rose 9 Stonebridge Soul 10 Caviart Ally AE: Sunny Dee Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – We’ve seen this before. And before the year is out, it’s almost a certainty we’ll see it again. Allywag Hanover, a close-up third in The Meadowlands Pace two months ago, ended a personal three-race losing streak with authority Saturday night at The Meadowlands, exploding home in the final eighth of a mile to take a high-end conditioned harness racing pace in 1:49.2. “We’ve seen him get airborne before,” said trainer Brett Pelling. “He gets going faster than most horses go.” Heading into the ninth race, it was difficult to know which Allywag Hanover would show up, given his disappointing fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship as the 3-5 favorite at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sept. 6. “When he came back from Canada [after finishing sixth in the North America Cup on Aug. 29], he coughed a little on the Monday before the Sire Stakes,” said Pelling. “He had some clear mucus, and he had the same thing Friday, which was very acceptable. But at Philadelphia, he came up sick, so that was pretty devastating.” After taking antibiotics and getting some rest, Allywag Hanover was ready to go Saturday after taking 12 days off. Rodeo Rock, a veteran hard-hitter with a lifetime bankroll of over $723,000, grabbed the lead at the half after brushing from an early three-hole and the 6-5 second choice had things his own way after getting clear of the field through a third fraction of :27.1 saw him reach three-quarters in 1:22.3. At the head of the stretch, Rodeo Rock was sailing along on a 2½-length advantage while Allywag Hanover was a non-threatening fourth racing with cover with plenty to do. But then he did it. At the eighth pole, Rodeo Rock still looked like the winner, but Allywag Hanover, much like he did on July 4 when he kicked home in :25.3 to win in 1:48, found another gear to nail Rodeo Rock at the finish by a neck after pacing a final quarter in :26. Like Clockwork was third. “It looked to me like he moved twice,” said Pelling. “[Driver Tim] Tetrick said the same thing. He was going, then it looked like he spotted [Rodeo Rock] and started going again.” In upping his lifetime stats to eight wins from 19 career starts, Allywag Hanover returned $3.60 to his backers as the 4-5 public choice. His earnings now stand at $234,163 for owners Allywag Stable. Pelling revealed what the plan is for his prized 3-year-old colt, who is a product of Captaintreacherous-Anderosa Hanover. “He’s going to Hoosier Park Friday for the Jenna’s Beach Boy Stakes,” said Pelling. “And he has other races, too. He’s Breeders Crown eligible. Beyond that, I’m pretty sure he’ll race beyond this year, but it hasn’t been spoken about yet.” A LITTLE MORE: Todd McCarthy continued to make a big impression at The Meadowlands, driving three winners on the program. Andy McCarthy’s 27-year-old little brother has now won nine races over the last three Big M programs. … All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,448,703, capping a second straight weekend where wagering exceeded the $5-million mark. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - Ramona Hill continued her magical three-year-old season with a dominating harness racing victory in the $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Hambletonian champion and driver Andrew McCarthy displayed their confidence and patience en route to a 3¾ lengths score in an Elegantimage record-equaling 1:51.4. "She was as good as ever tonight," said McCarthy. "She's just such an amazing filly, it's just an unbelievable experience to sit behind a horse like that. "She never really got out of second gear tonight, just kind of worked her way to the front and never really had to ask her at all, she just did it pretty easy." The Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill watched early from in fifth as Trina shot out to post a :27 opening-quarter before Warrawee Vicky cleared to the top. Sister Sledge quickly moved up to the lead in the second-quarter and just as quick was confronted by Sorella, stretching that rival out to a :55.1 half. Ramona Hill got her cue to go just before the half and marched first-up around the far turn, overtaking Sorella by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:23.1. The daughter of Muscle Hill cruised home confidently with the plugs still in to her sixth win in seven starts this season. Sister Sledge got by Sorella to finish second, while Fortune Starlet was fourth. Ramona Hill goes over $950,000 in seasonal earnings with the Elegantimage victory and now sports career numbers of 12 wins and $1.4 million earned in 14 starts for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. "I've never won this race and it's on my bucket list being right in our own backyard," said Grant. "To have her here and really not know how good she is, as Andy said she was in second gear, so if that doesn't excite you I don't know what does." Ramona Hill paid $3.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - The field for the $720,000 Metro Pace is set following a pair of $40,000 harness racing eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Highlandbeachsbest came through with a 14-1 upset score in the first of two six-horse eliminations for the Metro. Driven by Trevor Henry, Highlandbeachsbest shot out to the early lead and hung up a :27.1 opening-quarter. Bettor Sun circled to the top before the half, reaching that station in :56. The third-quarter saw Twin B Fighter come first up, which allowed the 3/5 favourite Pirate Hanover and Doug McNair to follow in a perfect second-over spot. After the leader reached three-quarters in 1:24.3, Pirate Hanover tipped off cover, but made a nasty break, dropping to his knees, but luckily staying up thanks to some great work by driver McNair and athleticism by the rookie pacer. With the favourite out of the mix, Highlandbeachsbest shot through to a 1:51.4 victory. No Better Joy had good pace on the end to finish second by a length and a half. Bettor Sun, Exploit and Twin B Fighter completed the top-five. Trained by Amanda Fine, Highlandbeachsbest picks up his second win in eight starts, having recently broke his maiden two starts back in an overnight at Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by breeder Highland Thoroughbred FRM and Marty Fine. The victory vaults Highlandbeachsbest, who paid $31 to win, up to $49,686 in earnings. Highlandbeachsbest Abuckabett Hanover extended his win streak to four in a row with a confident 1:51 score in the second elimination for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. The son of Betting Line made a second-quarter move to the top, pacing by the half in a sensible :57 before pacing a :54 back-half, capped off by a :26.1 final-quarter. Lawless Shadow was the early leader and finished a length back of the winner in second. Bayfield Beach was third, while Control Heaven and Ucanttouchthisrounded out the top-five. A $160,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Abuckabett Hanover is now four for six with $165,234 earned for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie pacer is now three for three in Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park, including a career-best 1:50.3 victory in last week's Champlain. Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.30 to win. Abuckabett Hanover $720,000 Metro Pace Final 1 Ucanttouchthis 2 Exploit 3 Abuckabett Hanover 4 Highlandbeachsbest 5 Bayfield Beach 6 No Better Joy 7 Twin B Fighter 8 Lawless Shadow 9 Bettor Sun 10 Control Heaven AE: Pirate Hanover    Mark McKelvie

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