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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 24 - Lady Shadow continued her outstanding harness racing season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $311,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A strong group of 10 older pacing mares, with more than $8.3 million in combined career earnings, battled it out for the Milton Stakes crown. Lady Shadow has been at the top of the division all season and to no surprise was wagered down to 2-5 in Saturday's rich final. The five-year-old pacing mare showed early speed to get away near the front for driver James MacDonald. Wrangler Magic sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab command and forced a charged up Frost Damage Blues into the two-hole. After a :26.4 opening-quarter, Wrangler Magic continued to motor along down the backstretch for driver Sylvain Filion. MacDonald gave Lady Shadow her cue to move out from third at three-eighths and the heavy favourite sprinted up to take a slight lead at the half in :54.4. Filion did his best to stretch out the favourite, but Lady Shadow would clear to the front entering the far turn and ripped off a :27 third-panel to reach three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Lady Shadow created some separation on her rivals and paced home in :28.1 for a 2¼ lengths victory. "I know with Sylvain (Filion) he wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn't matter to her" said MacDonald, who also won last year's Milton Stakes with Venus Delight. "I've seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year and she got stung pretty hard tonight and she's just such a good mare, she overcame it." Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. Wrangler Magic faded back to finish ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned over $700,000 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. "She's definitely having a career year," said Adams. "She's just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she's just getting better I think every start." Lady Shadow became the first mare Saturday since Moving Pictures in 2007 to win both the Milton Stakes and Roses Are Red Stakes in the same season. She now has 25 career wins and career earnings of over $1.5 million. Adams noted in the winner's circle that Lady Shadow will now head to Lexington, Kentucky to race on Sunday, October 9th during the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile. "Hopefully it's a nice day and we can maybe go a big mile." A $2 win ticket on Lady Shadow returned $2.90, while the $2 Exacta with the winner and Yagonnakissmeornot paid $46.80.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - September 23 - A fantastic group of older pacing mares will square off Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the $311,000 Milton Stakes. Division leader Lady Shadow headlines the field of 10 and is seeking her ninth win of the season. The Ron Adams trainee is looking to add a Milton Stakes victory to go along with her Roses Are Red score from earlier this season. The last horse to sweep both of Woodbine Entertainment's signature events for pacing mares in the same season was Moving Pictures in 2007. Lady Shadow has earned more than $556,000 this season and is nearing $1.4 million in career earnings. Last Saturday, she won her elimination for the Milton by a pair of lengths in 1:51. Yannick Gingras has been the regular driver this season behind Lady Shadow, but will not be at Mohawk this Saturday to drive her in the Milton. James MacDonald will instead get the driving assignment behind the 8-5 morning line favourite. MacDonald is no stranger to the Milton Stakes, as last season he won the event with Venus Delight. He also has driven Lady Shadow in two of her starts this season along with qualifying her on a pair of occasions. Lady Shadow's rival and former stablemate Solar Sister will start to her right in post position four. Solar Sister got the better of her rival in their last meeting on August 28th at Tioga Downs in the Artiscape. The Gregg McNair trainee came first up and grinded away at Lady Shadow before eventually taking the lead in the stretch. A four-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is having an outstanding season in her first campaign against older horses. The McNair trainee has won four of 12 starts and has only missed the board once all season. Solar Sister, a winner of over $1.1 million in her career, finished third in her Milton elimination and will have her regular tag-team partner Doug McNair in the sulky. While Lady Shadow was an expected winner in her elimination last week, Wrangler Magic stunned many at 52-1 in the other split. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout has had her ups and downs in her four-year-old season, but may be finding her best stride at the right time for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Stephane Larocque. Wrangler Magic, a winner of nearly $800,000, will start from the rail. The 10 mares in Saturday's Milton Stakes have combined to earn $8,356,008 during their careers. Yagonnakissmeornot ($1.4 million) and Venus Delight ($1 million) join Lady Shadow and Solar Sister as the four millionaires in the field. The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7 on Saturday's 11-race program. The $400,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships are also taking place Saturday at Mohawk. Fans at Mohawk Saturday will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes T-Shirt with the purchase of a live racing program. The Ontario Sires Stakes will also be giving away prizes throughout the night with their Trivia Spin and Win game on the main floor of the Grandstand. Post time for Saturday's stakes card is 7:30 p.m. Below is the full field for the Milton Stakes. $311,000 Milton Stakes 1. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larcoque 2. Yagonnakissmeornot - Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard 3. Lady Shadow - James MacDonald - Ron Adams 4. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 5. Storm Point - Jonathan Drury - Casie Coleman 6. Frost Damage Blues - Jack Moiseyev - Tom Fanning 7. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 8. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 9. Bedroomconfessions - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Venus Delight - Chris Christoforou - Jeff Bamond Jr. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

AUGUST 9, 2016 - Harness racing driver James MacDonald had scorched through four races before he took his foot off the accelerator at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. Among the four races the Guelph resident won were two Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. MacDonald took the first division with True Muscle, who had swung out to challenge leader I Want Kandy when that filly went off stride. True Muscle carried on to a one-half length lead over Miami Magic and Tymal Diamond in 1:57.4. "She raced super," said MacDonald. "She got halfway down the lane and I thought she was going to get beat, and she fought them off, so it was a gutsy win for her." MacDonald piloted True Muscle to her second Grassroots win for trainer Keith Jones of Barrie and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. With two wins, one second and one seventh-place result in four Grassroots starts, the Muscle Mass daughter currently sits atop the division standings with 127 points. True Muscle MacDonald picked up his second Grassroots trophy in the next race, sending heavy favourite Anneli Hanover to the front heading for the half and cruising home to a one-length win in 1:56. Pocket-sitter Silky Flashy Nfast finished second and Scotties Spirit closed well to be third. "She's just red hot right now," said MacDonald of Anneli Hanover, who has not been bested since July 1. "She seems to be versatile, and she's coming into the late part of the Sires Stakes in good form, so hopefully she can get a bunch in the Semi-final and the Final." MacDonald has driven the filly to the three most recent wins in her four-race win streak for trainer Mark Steacy and Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and Barry White of Ottawa, ON. In 11 sophomore starts the daughter of Majestic Son boasts a record of six wins and one second for earnings of $39,500. With two wins and two sixth-place results in Grassroots action, Anneli Hanover sits fifth in the standings with 103 points. Anneli Hanover MacDonald book-ended his Grassroots wins with victories in overnight action aboard former Ontario Sires Stakes trotter Justasmalltowngirl and pacing colt Pudong Phil. He almost made it five in a row with The Muscle Touch in the third Grassroots division, getting caught at the wire by fan favourite P L Jill and driver Mike Saftic. Justasmalltowngirl Pudong Phil "It was a dream start to the card," said the reinsman. "I've never won five there before, and I came close in the fifth race. I made front halfway down the lane and Saftic beat me right at the wire. It was a really super night. Sometimes you're in a zone where you can't do anything wrong and other times you're in a zone where it doesn't matter how good you're driving, you just can't seem to do anything right. "It's a really streaky game, people don't realise how streaky drivers can get," he added. "You're doing good, it just doesn't seem to matter what you do they go forward, and when you're doing bad you can be two to five, second over in the hot fractions and finish last. It's a weird game." While it was not on the same card, between Monday and Tuesday MacDonald did win five straight races at the Mohawk oval. The reinsman piloted three-year-old trotting colt Manofmanyimages to a Grassroots win in the last race on Monday's card before adding the first four races on Tuesday's program. Tuesday's victories will also bump MacDonald into third spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes' Lampman Cup point race. The driver is still well behind three-time winner Sylvain Filion, but admitted that he has considered taking a run at the reigning champion. "The last couple years I've kind of been around the hunt, but not really close enough to think about going for the Lampman Cup win. I looked the other day and saw I was not too far out of it," noted MacDonald. "If I can maybe close the gap on Sylvain, then I might think about taking a run at it." MacDonald will have an opportunity to further boost his Lampman Cup point tally on Wednesday evening when he heads to Grand River Raceway to steer one three-year-old trotting colt and a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies in Gold Series action. The other Grassroots trophies awarded at Mohawk on Tuesday went to P L Jill and Profound Patience. P L Jill and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville powered up the outside to reel in MacDonald and The Muscle Touch in the final strides, hitting the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:55.4. Magical Valentine was just three-quarters of a length back in third. Matthew Dupuis conditions P L Jill for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON and their partners Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second this season and her first in Grassroots action. P L Jill In the final division driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON put Profound Patience on the front heading by the three-quarters and the fan favourite sailed home to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.2. Stonebridge Peace and Roadmapper finished second and third. Trained by Rebecca Titus for owner-breeder Steven Titus of Hamburg, NY, Profound Patience was also making her first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle. The Majestic Son daughter doubled her win tally to two and her earnings to $18,380 with the victory. Profound Patience The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 28. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening with the third Gold Leg for the two-year-old pacing colts and the third Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The pacing fillies will kick things off at 7:30 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 4, 5 and 8. The pacing colts will battle in Races 3 and 9. Ontario Racing

JULY 29, 2016 - It took longer than expected, but Delcrest Magicstar finally made her debut at Grand River Raceway on Friday and the two-year-old trotting filly went home with a harness racing Grassroots trophy and the fastest clocking of the three Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. Starting from Post 1 with co-owner James MacDonald in the race bike, Delcrest Magicstar eased away from the starting gate and was sitting fourth when Late Shift reached the opening quarter in :30.3. The filly continued to watch from fourth as fan favourite Hab Faith took over top spot, leading the field to a 1:00.4 half, but heading for the 1:31.4 three-quarters MacDonald tipped Delcrest Magicstar to the outside and the filly had a chance to show off her skills. Powering around the final turn Delcrest Magicstar grabbed control from Hab Faith and accelerated down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 2:02.1. Late Shift stepped out of the pocket to claim the second-place share of the $18,000 purse and Hab Faith settled for third. "We were really happy with her," said MacDonald, who was joined in the winner's circle by the victorious "Be A Winner" contest finalist. "She trots beautiful, she's built like a tank, she looks like a good horse when you look at her, so hopefully she keeps progressing." Friday's outing was Delcrest Magicstar's first, following a win and a second in qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16 and July 1. The filly was originally heading for the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs, but a bout of sickness pushed her debut back by three weeks. "She got brutal sick," said MacDonald, who shares ownership of the filly, a $30,000 purchase from the Canadian Yearling Sale, with trainer Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. "She was yellow snot pouring out of her, and coughing, and it was two weeks before he (McKinnon) could get it cleaned up, two different kinds of antibiotics, and she was off her feed. It was horrible." The filly finally started to rebound from the sickness last week and when they trained her in preparation for Friday's test McKinnon and MacDonald knew she was back on her game. "She trained awesome the other day," said the Guelph, ON resident. "I trained with Johnny and she blew by me down the lane and so we were kind of hoping she'd put together a good performance." Now that she is healthy, the only obstacle standing in Delcrest Magicstar's way could be her attitude. MacDonald said the daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance has a beautiful gait, but is not naturally inclined to give the extra effort that often separates the top horses from those in the lower tier. "She's got a bit of an attitude. Johnny always went with her and he was really high on her, but she just doesn't do anything extra," explained MacDonald. "After she qualified, I said, 'She's right on the verge of being a real nice horse, or not a very good horse.'" The second Grassroots division also saw a filly making her debut trot into the winner's circle. Starting from Post 6 with fan favourite Crystal Gumdrop, Grand River Raceway's leading driver Bob McClure employed a strategy similar to MacDonald's. The pair sat fourth as Parkhill Nocredit reached the quarter in :30.1, and had rolled to the outside before the 1:02.2 half. By the 1:33.2 three-quarters Crystal Gumdrop had pulled to within one length of the pacesetter and when McClure asked her for another gear the Angus Hall miss powered away to a three and one-quarter length victory in 2:03.3. Parkhill Nocredit settled for second and Man Shes Hot was four more lengths back in third. "She's a nice filly. She behaved very well for her first lifetime start," said Elora, ON resident McClure. "I didn't push her until late, but she had a lot of pop when I did." McClure crafted the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett and his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The trio acquired the daughter of Angus Hall and Crystas Dream for $13,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The last division saw Inner Drive record her second straight Grassroots win with a gate-to-wire romp in 2:07.1. Hopeswishesndreams finished two and one-half lengths back in second and Oh Miss Sophie recovered from an early break to take third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The homebred daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge boasts a record of two wins and one second in four starts for earnings of $21,500. She sits atop the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings with 102 points. The freshman trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on August 6. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 1 as part of the track's signature Industry Day program. The three-year-old pacing fillies will battle for Gold Series glory in Races 2 and 6, warming up the crowd for the $107,800 Battle of the Belles Final for two-year-old pacing fillies in Race 10 and the $159,500 Battle of Waterloo Final for two-year-old pacing colts in Race 11. The afternoon's festivities kick off at noon, with the first race going to the gate at 1:30 pm. For more information about Industry Day visit http://grandriverraceway.com/industry-day-2/. Ontario Racing

Grand River Raceway is inviting harness racing fans to test the mettle of driver James MacDonald. The reigning champ of the Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes during the track's annual Industry Day event, MacDonald seems virtually untouchable. With five consecutive victories in Jamieson's pocket, the track has posted polls on their Facebook and Twitter, gathering consensus for the best tactic to level the playing field for the 2016 edition on Monday, August 1. #1: Shoeing Change: From steel to flip-flops. (James races in flip-flops.) #2: Bridle Change: Open bridle, add Murphy outside. (James wears an eye-patch.) #3: Add Ground: Add starting distance of 25%. (James starts 10 meters back.) "Everyone's got their God-given talent," said MacDonald in a post-race interview in 2015. "Gretzky had hockey. I've got the bounce." The most popular tactic will be instated when the Industry Day Halftime Show kicks off after Race 5. A win in the race will cap off a Grand River Raceway triple crown of sorts for MacDonald. In June, he won the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at the Elora oval. In July, his two-year-old Dachshund, Tank, won the second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races. MacDonald is also driving one of the favourites in the $107,800 Battle Of The Belles on Industry Day. The Guelph, ON reinsman piloted Bid Writer to a three-length win in 1:56.3 in her elimination division on July 25. MacDonald won the 2014 edition of the race with Win The Gold. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 26th annual Industry Day Celebration on August 1. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1 p.m. Complete event details are available at IndustryDayCelebration.com Event hashtag: #industryday26 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Despite rain and thunder, a huge crowd gathered at Grand River Raceway to watch 30 of the toughest Dachshunds in the province duke-it-out in the second annual Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races on July 8. Tank, owned by harness racing driver James MacDonald and his wife Jenna, of Guelph, was a winner by open lengths in the nine-dog Final. Jenna and her mother, Lynn MacDonell, raced the two-year-old, 14-pound champ. Tank received more than $500 in prizes, including a hand-carved trophy, $100 gift card from Ren's Pets Depot, deluxe gift bag from Loyall Premium Pet Food and a gift basket from OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway. Junebug was the returning champ, and captured the first of three elimination heats. He finished second in the final, followed by Lady, the winner of the second heat. Lucy Try was the third heat winner leading up to the final. Rounding out the field of Doxies in the Final were: Lilly Swiech, Wally, Dash, Emma, and Tank-A-Roo-Boo. The evening also offered 10 horse races and an agility course hosted by Diamonds In The Ruff. The event is title-sponsored by Ren's Pets Depot, and is also supported by Loyall Premium Pet Food and the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway. All participating dogs received a swag bag compliments of the event sponsors. All winners of the qualifying heats received a large bag of dog food, compliments of Loyall. The runner-up and third-place finisher in the race final received a $50 gift card for Ren's Pets Depot. • Bios and photos of the 30 competitors are available on the Grand River Raceway website. • The video of the three elimination heats and the final. • Photos from the event. Kelly Spencer

Elora, Ont. -- Harness racing driver James MacDonald had the early winning momentum while Trevor Henry finished strong to top the point standings in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship and advance to the National Driving Championship. Grand River Raceway hosted the nine-race Ontario regional event on Friday, June 24 and MacDonald was the point leader from start to finish. The 30-year-old resident of Guelph, Ont. opened the competition with a victory in the first race aboard Twin B Amour ($12.50) and also earned wins with Master Smile ($10) in the third leg and Little Whiskey Gal ($6.30) in the sixth leg. A pair of runner-up efforts in two other legs also padded his point total and he ended the competition with 78 points. "I'm pretty pumped," said MacDonald. "It's an honour just to be invited to race with these guys. They're a great bunch of drivers and any one of us could have won with the right card, the right horses, so I'm pretty happy to be the victor. "And I'm really happy Jody didn't win again," joked MacDonald, referring to five-time Canadian rep and two-time World Driving champion Jody Jamieson, who had moved into a two-way tie for second-place with Alfie Carroll before Henry began his late winning crusade. Henry ranked eighth for points before earning back-to-back victories in the final two legs with Topanga Canyon ($4.60) and Flexie ($7.10). Those victories propelled him to second-place in the standings to edge out Jamieson by one point (60-59). The 45-year-old reinsman from Arthur, Ont., who represented Canada at the 2013 World Driving Championship in France, said he was "ecstatic" to compete in the National Driving Championship again. The Atlantic Regional Driving Championship will be held next at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, June 25, followed by the Western Regional at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino on Sunday, June 26. The Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional will be hosted by Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday, July 12. The top two point-earners from each of the four regional competitions will advance to the National Driving Championship on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. The winner of the National Driving Championship will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted in Canada. OFFICIAL POINT TOTALS 1. James MacDonald - 78 2. Trevor Henry - 60 3. Jody Jamieson - 59 4. Doug McNair - 57 5. Alfie Carroll - 55 6. Billy Davis Jr. - 49 7. Nick Steward - 47 8. Paul MacKenzie - 42 9. Bob McClure - 37 Kelly Spencer

The 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet concluded Monday night with the second leg of the Blossom Series and a Preferred Trot highlighting harness racing action. The two $17,000 Blossom Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies featured new winners to open the doors for an intriguing final next week. In the first division, Mattjestic Tempo took full advantage of a pocket-trip to win at 5/1 in a field of six. Driven by James MacDonald, Mattjestic Tempo flashed early speed to head towards the front. Newcomer Westsluckycam cleared to the front at the opening-quarter of :27.4 and proceeded to lead the field through middle-half fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Mattjestic Tempo came to the outside and surged by to victory in 1:55.3. Noone To Depend rallied late and finished 1¾ lengths behind the winner in second. Westsluckycam dropped back to finish third. Blueberry Will, who won a leg one division last week, struggled in Monday's first division and finished sixth and last. A daughter of Royal Mattjesty, Mattjestic Tempo entered Monday's contest off a third-place effort in leg one. The sophomore pacing filly is trained by Blake MacIntosh, who shares ownership of the filly with Stuart McIntosh. Mattjestic Tempo's leg two victory is her first win in 11 starts this season and third overall. She pushes her career earnings over $50,000 with Monday's victory. The MacIntosh trainee paid $13.80 to win. Mattjestic Tempo The second division saw a familiar face on the Woodbine circuit return to score a career-best victory. Heavenly Hill and driver Jonathan Drury got away third in the early stages before brushing to the lead in the second-quarter. It was lights out from there, as Drury and the 3/2 second-choice cruised home in :28.4 to win by 2½ lengths in 1:54.1. Bas As Leader finished second, while the 7/5 favourite Evangelin Seelster finished third. Windsun Glory, who won a leg one division, crossed the wire in fourth. A daughter of Art Colony, Heavenly Hill competed last season locally for trainer Dave Menary and captured an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. The sophomore pacing filly was purchased in January by owner George Munniksma and was recently competing at Yonkers. Heavenly Hill, who was debuting Monday for trainer Carmen Auciello, picked up her second win in five starts this season and knocked a fifth of a second off her previous career-mark. She now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $117,000. Heavenly Hill paid $5.10 to win. Heavenly Hill Also on Monday, Hldontghttoyurdrms scored an 8/1 mild upset in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Fearless Man, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred win, trotted out to his usally spot on the front. After posting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1, Fearless Man led the field into the stretch, but the 4/5 favourite had several challenger close in behind. In the stretch, Hldontghttoyurdrms and driver Jonathan Drury came off third-over cover to storm by their rivals to win by a length in 1:55. Zeus Lightning trotted home well and just missed the victory in second, while Fearless Man dropped back to finish third. A seven-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, Hldontghttoyurdrms is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Frank Spagnolo. The veteran trotter picked up his second win in a row Monday and second in 12 starts this season. Hldontghttoyurdrms pushed his career earnings over $400,000 with his 23rd career victory Monday. He paid $19.30 to win. Hldontghttoyurdrms Live racing now moves to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. A 10-race card will kick-off the Mohawk meet. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 21 – Ontario three-year-old harness racing colts and geldings kicked off their Autumn Series with four divisions Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 pacers and 20 trotters made up four $18,000 round one divisions. Mach On The Beach kicked off the night with a 1:52.2 victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Mach On The Beach flashed early speed aiming for the front, while Twin B Sportsman was pacing hard early looking for the lead. Mach On The Beach got to the pylons first and Filion opted to stretch Twin B Sportsman out by the opening-quarter in :26.2. Filion eventually released the challenger at the top of the backstretch. After a half of :55.1, Mach On The Beach came to the outside and surged by Twin B Sportsman to take the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Mach On The Beach left his rivals in his dust and paced away to an easy-looking four-length victory. The Rock finished up with a strong final-quarter to come from eighth to finish second. Sports Lightning finished third, while Windsong Lightning was fourth. A son of Mach Three, Mach On The Beach is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The sophomore gelding now has seven wins from 24 starts in his first season of racing. Mach On The Beach pushed his earnings to over $60,000 with the victory Saturday, while also lowering his career-mark by more than two-seconds. The Moreau trainee paid $3.90 to win. Mach On The Beach In the second division, Cajon Lightning came first up to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Mike Saftic, Cajon Lightning got away fifth in the early stages, while Doctor Royal and Major Dan took turns on the lead through panels of :26.1 and :56.1. Saftic sent Cajon Lightning first up around the final turn and the even-money favourite was second and less than two-lengths from the front at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Cajon Lightning powered by Doctor Royal and paced home strong in :27.2 for a length and a half victory. Jack Reacher finished second, while Naturescape finished third just ahead of Doctor Royal. Another son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning is trained by Scott Bell for owner John Taylor. Saturday’s victory was the third from 16 starts this season for the gelding. Cajon Lightning has now earned over $48,000 in his first season of racing. The clocking of 1:52.4 matched his career-mark taken October 12 at Woodbine. Cajon Lightning paid $4.10 to win. Cajon Lightning On the trotting side, Stormont Wizard took the first division in 1:56.1 at odds of 3/5. Driven by James MacDonald, Stormont Wizard trotted out strongly to grab command at the opening-quarter in :28. Down the backstretch, Win The Day came first up from fifth at the half to challenge the leader. MacDonald kept his trotter moving well and turned aside the first-over challenger to lead the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Stormont Wizard sealed the deal with a :30 final-quarter to score a two and a quarter length victory. P L Icabod finished second, while Lmc Mass Oak was third. Win The Day rounded out the Superfecta in fourth. A son of Kadabra, Stormont Wizard is trained by Kevin Benn for Stormont Meadows. The sophomore gelding now has two wins in 12 starts this season. Last year, Stormont Wizard scored a single victory in seven starts, while hitting the board five-times. The Benn trainee has banked over $48,000 this season and $74,000 lifetime. Stormont Wizard paid $3.40 to win. Stormont Wizard Love Hunter turned a two-hole trip into a victory in the second trotting division. The Nick Gallucci trainee left quickly for driver Trevor Henry to challenge for the lead, however Gronk, the even-money favourite, pushed forward for the lead and forced Henry into the pocket. After setting fractions of :26.4, :57.3 and 1:27.1, Gronk carried the lead into the lane with Love Hunter on his back. In the stretch, Love Hunter came to the outside and waged war with Gronk, eventually edging by in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:57. Freddie closed with good speed for third, while Thoughtful Leader was fourth. A son of Holiday Road, Love Hunter entered Saturday’s contest with one win in 10 starts this season. The Autumn Series division victory pushes the gelding’s earnings in 2015 to over $34,000. Love Hunter paid $12.20  to win. Love Hunter In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. The second round of the Autumn Series for the colts and geldings will take place next Saturday (November 28).

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 26 - Venus Delight and harness racing driver James MacDonald surged to the lead in deep stretch to capture the $300,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A five-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, Venus Delight captured her Milton Stakes elimination last week and started from post three in Saturday's rich event for older pacing mares. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee got away fifth in the early stages for MacDonald, while Lady Shadow and driver Doug McNair touched down on the front at the opening-quarter in :26. Lady Shadow and McNair were able to dictate the pace and took the field by the half in :54.4. Down the backstretch, Yagonnakissmeornot and Jody Jamieson came first up from fourth, allowing MacDonald to catch cover and situate Venus Delight second-over heading into the final turn. Lady Shadow paced by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3 and appeared to create a few lengths of separation on her rivals at the top of the lane. Venus Delight flipped off cover in the lane and took aim at tracking down Lady Shadow. Several mares began to close in on the leader, but Venus Delight had the most pace and powered by in deep stretch to win by half a length over Lady Shadow in 1:50.1. Sandbetweenurtoes finished third, while Katie Said was fourth to round out the Superfecta. The driving victory with Venus Delight in the $300,000 event is one of the biggest triumphs to date for MacDonald. "I feel great," said MacDonald in the winner's circle. "You always feel great after a win, but after a $300,000 win it's pretty special." The Milton Stakes victory gives Venus Delight seven wins from 16 starts this season. "The trip was great, I wasn't sure what was going to happen," said MacDonald. "I was worried maybe I would get stuck first up, but when Jody didn't go out of there and I caught his cover I was more than happy. "She stalled a little bit in the last turn and I got taken out a bit, but a good horse can overcome a bad trip." Owned by Bamond Racing LLC., Venus Delight has earned over $500,000 this season to bring her career earnings to $758,133. Saturday's victory was her 24th lifetime. A $2 win ticket on Venus Delight returned $6.30. Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 1, 2015 - Her season has not unfolded quite the way Blake MacIntosh imagined it would, but the harness racing trainer has been encouraged by the steady forward progress being made by his two-year-old pacing filly Sports Expert. The filly captured her third Grassroots trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, sprinting from fifth to first through the stretch in a personal best 1:54.2. Not Depressed and Southwind Shania rounded out the top three in the third Grassroots division. "She got off to a rocky start; first qualifier, we brought her in, she was off left hind after warming up and we couldn't figure it out. We-x-rayed it a bunch of times, still couldn't figure it out, so we just had to put some work into her and she finally came sound," explained MacIntosh. "And since then she just keeps getting sounder and sounder and better and better every week. So she's coming around. "I thought she was going to be a top filly, and maybe she'll get there still," added the Cambridge, ON resident. As a result of the interruption in her training, Sports Expert did not make her Grassroots debut until the second event, at Georgian Downs on July 19, where she earned her first lifetime win with a 1:56.1 effort. In the Aug. 9 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway the daughter of Sportswriter and Lyons Mandi made a bobble at the start and had to settle for second, but she was back in the winner's circle following the Aug. 24 event at Mohawk, where she stopped the teletimer at 1:55.1. In addition to her Grassroots efforts, Sports Expert finished second in her Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 27 and finished eighth in the final after suffering interference. "She was a top filly training down; she's paid into a lot of open stakes. I thought she was going to replace Sports Chic as a two-year-old," said MacIntosh, who trained Sports Chic to earnings of $241,389 last season. "We'll keep her in the Grassroots and then if she's dominant we'll try the Breeders Crown with her, she's still paid up to that," MacIntosh added. "We'll see what happens." MacIntosh purchased Sports Expert, a full-sister to $202,964 winner Sporting The Look, at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000 and sold a quarter share of the filly back to breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and a half-share to Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, ON. Tuesday's victory, which was engineered by driver James MacDonald of Guelph, boosted Sports Expert to the top spot in the division standings with 175 points. The two-year-old pacing fillies make their final regular season start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 9, with the top 20 point earners qualifying for the Sept. 17 Semi-finals at Mohawk and the top five finishers from each Semi-final advancing to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. Hoping to join Sports Expert in the top 20 is stablemate Mattjestic Tempo, who finished second in the first Grassroots division on Tuesday. The Royal Mattjesty daughter finished two and three-quarter lengths behind winner Rosy Outlook in the 1:54.2 mile. Fan favourite Divas Image settled for second. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson piloted Rosy Outlook to the win, her second in Grassroots action, for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of Wallkill, NY. The Badlands Hanover daughter now has 124 Grassroots points and sits tied for fourth in the standings. Party In Rome earned her second straight Grassroots victory in the second division, leading through all stations on her way to a 1:53.1 clocking. Bad Lightning and Active Lady were one and three-quarter lengths back in second and third. The win bumped the Big Jim daughter from 31st to seventh in the division standings, giving her 100 points. Gerald Lilley of Dutton, ON conditions Party In Rome for Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, William Cripps of Acton, ON and Steven Papillon of Rockwood. Moffat resident Jack Moiseyev also opted for a front-end strategy in the fourth division, guiding fan favourite Mayhem Seelster to her second Grassroots win in a personal best 1:53.3. The Mach Three lass bested Selling The Dream and St Lads Smokin Hot by four lengths. Trained by Cambridge resident Tony O'Sullivan for Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON, Mayhem Seelster currently sits third in the division standings with 125 points earned from a pair of wins and one second in three Grassroots appearances. The final division was captured by Miss Print and Trevor Henry, who got a whisker in front of fan favourite Stonebridge Pearl and Dancin Inthe Nude at the wire. The Arthur, ON resident guided the Sportswriter daughter to the 1:55.1 win for trainer Shaun McDonald of Rockwood and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON. With two wins and two thirds, Miss Print has 124 points and is tied for fourth in the standings with Rosy Outlook. While the two-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their season at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 7, Mohawk Racetrack will be hosting the regular season finale for the three-year-old pacing fillies, with the first race going postward at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

ELORA, ON -- Harness racing drivers James MacDonald, Mike Saftic and Billy Davis Jr. are three of 30 keen dog owners vying for a dash of glory in tonight's inaugural Wiener Dog Race at Grand River Raceway. Collectively, the three reinsmen have won more than 8,000 horse races and purse earnings in excess of $126 million. But tonight is all about the little win. Saftic sports the veteran of the three 10-dog fields. Sophie is an 11-year-old Dachshund weighing in at six pounds. "She's small, quick and fast. She's made for a half-mile track," said Saftic. Sophie will start from post nine in the first heat. The Davis and MacDonald pooches start from the rail and two-hole, respectively, in the third elimination division. Alley is a freshman two-year-old Wiener weighing 14 pounds owned by Davis and Amy McNair. "Alley has been training down with the two-year-old horses at McNair Stables and is ready for the competition," said Davis. MacDonald's starter, Tank, is one and weighs in at 12 pounds. Jenna MacDonald will handle wrangling duties tonight. "Tank MacDonald is a yearling brown and tan Wiener that comes from a strong racing family," Jenna said. "Adoptive father James MacDonald was the 2014 Battle Of The Belles winner and the reigning Bouncy Pony Stakes champ. The Tankster has the need for speed and the strong urge to do his family proud (if we can just keep him from being distracted by something shiny). The 30 dogs will be introduced on-air, trackside, on the Tarmac Show segment prior to Race 5 (approx. 7:40) and the dog races will be after â€Ĺ˝Race 5 (approx.. 7:50). All dashes are 20 metres. The winner of each of the three heats advances to the final race-off. All four dashes will be conducted consecutively after race five. The winners will be recognized on-air after race six. Each contestant will receive a participatory prize compliments of event sponsors Loyall Pet Food and Legendary Canine. The race-off winner will receive a $100 gift card. Runner-up and third-place will strut home with a $50 gift card. A list of all 30 starters can be found on the Wiener Dog Race webpage. This is Grand River Raceway's second-last Fun & Frivolity Friday race night of the summer. Other activities this evening include The NEIGHbourhood kids' program, which includes a special showing by miniature horse Mullingar, who will provide rides on the tarmac. Mullingar will return for the final Fun & Frivolity Friday race night on September 4, which features a miniature horse race and the Wanna Drive program which gives fans the chance to drive a racehorse (accompanied by a pro) between the races. Post time for the first horse race this evening is 6:30pm. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

AUGUST 9, 2015 - Nine divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies invaded Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon and in the eighth Grassroots split Bourbon Seelster rewrote the half-mile oval's harness racing history books. Starting from Post 5, driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON sent Bourbon Seelster straight to the front and rang up evenly-rated early fractions of :30.1 and 1:00.2. Heading for the three-quarters Saftic picked up the tempo, reaching the marker in 1:29.4, but when fan favourite Divas Image mounted a challenge in the stretch Bourbon Seelster really poured it on, sprinting home in :27.2 to reach the wire in a track record 1:57.1. Divas Image settled for second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and Where Are We rounded out the top three. The win was the second in Grassroots action for Bourbon Seelster, who posted her first in the July 19 contest at Georgian Downs. Watford, ON resident Robert Manders conditions the daughter of Camluck for Scott and Keith Manders, also of Watford, who purchased her for $14,000 from the Forest City Yearling Sale. Trainer Dave Menary won three of the nine Grassroots divisions, teaming up with driver James MacDonald for two and Kevin Sizer for the third, and also picked up one second and one third with his six starters. "It was pretty lucky," said the Cambridge, ON resident. "It would be nice to have six Gold fillies, but we were the masters of Clinton today." Menary and MacDonald's first victory came in the second division with Twin B Virtue, who battled to a neck victory over Jimmys Little Girl in 1:58.4. Life Book finished two and one-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. "Her last two starts she's been right on the front and end and I really think this filly's a lot better off a helmet or off a little trip, but when you're racing on a half-mile track you can't always work that out," noted Menary. "She got run at and headed the whole way, and dug in, and I was super happy with the filly." Menary shares ownership of Twin B Virtue with Brad Gray of Dundas, ON and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON. The partners acquired the daughter of Badlands Hanover for $32,000 from the Canadian Yearling Sale last fall and through four starts the filly has returned $20,600. The trainer and driver were back in the winner's circle after the fifth division with Rosy Outlook. Starting from Post 2 Guelph, ON resident MacDonald put the Badlands Hanover daughter on the front end and she led through all stations on the way to her first lifetime victory in 1:59.4. Fan favourite Selling The Dream closed hard, but fell one-quarter length short, while Kyrstal C was well back in third. "Today she raced very greenly," said Menary, who added that MacDonald felt her attention wavered significantly through the final quarter. "I definitely have faith in the filly that she's going to get better." Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of Wallkill, NY own Rosy Outlook, who was a $10,000 purchase out of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. After debuting in the Gold Series on July 6, where she finished eighth, Rosy Outlook finished third in the July 19 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs. Menary's third victory came in the last Grassroots division when driver Kevin Sizer of Morriston, ON took Norcross Blue Chip gate-to-wire for her first win. The Bettors Delight daughter finished two lengths ahead of Endless Legacy and favourite State Of Joy in 1:58.1. "This is a filly that I thought was one of my best all winter. She had little problems with the efficiency of her gait, so I spent a lot of time going with this filly, and Kevin Sizer's done a great job with this filly -he works for me - he's done a great job with this filly and he did a great job today," said Menary. "She's been behind all the way, but catching up rapidly." The trainer shares ownership of Norcross Blue Chip with Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. A $30,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the filly has two starts under her belt, Sunday's win and a fourth in a July 31 conditioned event at Grand River Raceway. The other Grassroots divisions were captured by Trilife, St Lads Smokin Hot, P L Jasmine, My Rhythm Of Rhyme and Miss Babe Delight. Trilife kicked things off in the first division with a 1:58.1 score for driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, trainer Larry Ainsworth of Petrolia, ON and owner-breeder William Boden of Vancouver. The Mach Three lass hit the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Menary trainee No Shadows and Northern Prima to record her first Grassroots victory. St Lads Smokin Hot recorded her first lifetime victory in the third division, sailing along on the front end to a 2:00.2 win over Sports Expert and This Day Forward. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the No Pan Intended daughter's successful effort for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. A gritty first-over trip netted P L Jasmine her second straight victory, and first Grassroots trophy, in the fourth division. The Badlands Hanover daughter and driver Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON cruised home five and one-half lengths ahead of Watt Machs Me Win and Menary trainee Green Light in 1:58.3. Robert McMillan of Beaverton, ON conditions P L Jasmine for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. Paul MacDonell and My Rhythm Of Rhyme never faced a challenge on their way to a two and one-quarter length win in the sixth division. The Shadow Play daughter stopped the Clinton teletimer at 1:59.1, besting Dancin In the Nude and favourite Boozer Bruiser. Guelph resident MacDonell shares ownership of first-time winner My Rhythm Of Rhyme with his wife Lynn MacDonell. Miss Babe Delight also made winning look easy, pacing home three lengths ahead of Action Big and Bad Lightning in Race 7. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted the Bettors Delight filly to her first win in 1:58.2 for trainer Dany Fontaine of Lachenaie, QC and owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The two-year-old pacing fillies start the second half of their Grassroots season at Mohawk Racetrack on August 24. Ontario Horse Racing

Louisville, KY ---He is not a loaded gun. He is, however, a 2-year-old colt that paced in 1:53.4h in his third lifetime start for a seasonal Canadian record. Therefore, harness racing trainer Tony O’Sullivan is thrilled with the potential that Semi Automatic possesses. Especially since this guy did not stand out training down. “Eric Cherry was responsible for the deal that brought him to us,” said O’Sullivan. “I have trained some horses for him before and he asked if I was willing to take a chance on this one. He was purchased privately because he was a smallish individual and not a horse that was one for the sales. He was sound all winter but had a lot of health problems. He didn’t really come around until February and then he just blossomed the more we trained him.” The son of Badlands Hanover and the D M Dilinger mare Topgun Lady, who is owned by Cherry's Let It Ride Stables, O’Sullivan and J&T Silva Stables, will take aim on his opponents in the C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo final at Grand River Raceway on Monday (Aug. 3) in the 11th and last race on the card. Unfortunately, his triumph in his elimination did not carry enough weight to have his nose on the gate. Semi Automatic will trail the field from post nine with James MacDonald steering him for the mile. “He has only three starts and has improved with each one,” O’Sullivan said. “It was like something changed in him when he qualified. Like he knew what he was supposed to do and enjoyed it.” Although he wasn’t exactly the best looking colt or the most physically gifted, Semi Automatic, with a record of 3-1-1-1 and just under $30,000 in the bank, has the pedigree to be any kind of horse. His dam never made it past a qualifying race, but his granddam, the Albatross mare Keystone Trinidad, earned $181,787 on the racetrack and produced Invitro (by Camluck) p,4,1:50s ($1,983,077) and Bigtime Ball (by Presidential Ball) p,5,1:48.2s ($1,558,519). “He definitely has the pedigree to be a nice horse,” O’Sullivan said. “But he also has such a nice mind. He is so willing. He wears no boots or headpoles and still came home his last quarters in his first two races in :26.2. His second race he even had the nine hole and still raced very well.” Semi Automatic was third and second in his two qualifying races on June 27 and July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. In his career debut on July 11 over the same surface he was again a bridesmaid in a $55,300 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold contest. His second start, in an $80,850 Sires Stakes Gold engagement on July 18, was a third place finish after an outside trip. In his Battle of Waterloo elimination, which was his third trip to the post, the colt showed he had plenty of ammunition in reserve. O’Sullivan was concerned as he watched the race unfold and was fearful of how his horse would finish. “(A time of) 1:53.4 is a serious mile for any horse on a half-(mile track) let alone a 2-year-old,” he said. “I saw those fractions when he went to the front and was very nervous. He had never shown gate speed. I knew he had it because he is an easy horse and doesn’t show everything, we just had not seen it yet, but he had never been on the front before. I was not sure he was that kind of horse to be able to do it cutting out the mile. James (MacDonald) said after the race was over he did it well within himself. He never even realized he was going that fast.” Despite his obvious prowess during the latter stages of his fledging career, Semi Automatic will only compete in Ontario Sires Stakes contests throughout 2015. “Because he was sick so often and small we did not stake him to anything other than those races,” O’Sullivan said. “It was also a significant amount to make him eligible because payments were not made on him when he was a weanling. There is plenty of money to be made in these events and if we decide we want to supplement him to other races we always can. It depends on him. “I did take note of how he looked after his race last week. He’s not a flashy horse, but he is well put together. All his parts are in the right places and it looks like he could be a really nice horse. Anything in this business is a risk and Eric asked me if I was willing to take a chance on him. This is one occasion where the risk was worth the reward.” Below is the field, with drivers, trainers and morning line, for the Battle of Waterloo final. C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Think On It by Ponder - John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-9-2 2. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot-Stephane Larocque-8-1 3. A Bettors Risk by Bettor's Delight - Jonathan Drury-Casie Coleman-5-1 4. Carolina Hurricane by Sportswriter - Sylvain Filion-Ronald Adams-12-1 5. Continual Hanover by Bettor's Delight - Mike Saftic-Jack Darling-15-1 6. Imsporty by Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson-Carl Jamieson-3-1 7. Magnum J by Big Jim - Doug McNair-Gregg McNair-5-2 8. Chalk Player by Camluck - Bob McClure-Jeffrey Gillis-20-1 9. Semi Automatic by Badlands Hanover - James MacDonald-Tony O’Sullivan-8-5 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

JULY 25, 2015 – Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, harness racing trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend. ‘I’m pretty pumped. I wasn’t at the races tonight myself. I was watching them at home on TV, because yesterday morning I had a daughter born,” explained the rural Cambridge, ON resident. “Julie and I, my fiancé, we had a beautiful baby girl born yesterday morning. We just come home from the hospital tonight.” As if in celebration of daughter Mikayla’s birth, the Menary Stable had an extraordinary evening at Mohawk. In addition to sweeping the Gold divisions, the trainer captured an overnight event and posted three seconds and one third. “I had seven in to go, including three colts in the Sires Stakes, and it couldn’t have gone any better,” said the trainer. “Everything we raced tonight has been unbelievable.” Adding another touch of the extraordinary to the evening was the fact that James MacDonald was in the race bike behind both of Menary’s Gold Series winners, just one night after being involved in an accident at Mohawk that sent him to the hospital for stitches in his arm. In the first $105,000 Gold test MacDonald and Robert Hill started from Post 6 and were sitting seventh when Shoe Shine reached the opening quarter in :26.4. At the :54.1 half and 1:22.1 three-quarters clocked by fan favourite Drachan Hanover, Robert Hill was still at the back of the pack, although MacDonald had moved him into the outer lane. At the top of the stretch Drachan Hanover still had a short lead and another Menary other starter, Sportsmanship, looked poised for victory, but when MacDonald gave Robert Hill a clear look at the wire the gelding powered down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. Sportsmanship finished second, giving Menary a one-two sweep, and Thinkofagameplan rounded out the top three. “Last week I think Sportsmanship went the mile of his life, and tonight when they come up to the head of the stretch I was cheering for him, but then all of sudden, when he was getting conquered it was by my other horse, so I had to change cheering,” said Menary. “I had to jump off one bandwagon and get on the other bandwagon.” Menary conditions Jereme's Jet son Robert Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB and Sportswriter son Sportsmanship for Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, ON. Robert Hill In the second Gold division MacDonald and J Js Delivery also lined up at Post 6, but the Guelph, ON resident hustled the Jeremes Jet son away from the starting gate, reaching the opening quarter in :26.1. The duo yielded to Go Daddy Go through the :53.2 half, but were back out and powering toward the front at the 1:21.1 three-quarters. J Js Delivery turned for home with a narrow lead and had to battle all the way down the stretch to secure the victory, keeping a neck in front of Go Daddy Go and Star Cover. The 1:49.4 clocking was a personal best for J Js Delivery, who had posted one second and one third in the first two Gold Legs. Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON owns J Js Delivery, who is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Secrets Nephew. J Js Delivery “It’s been a non-sleep week. I’m lucky I have a good staff around me,” said Menary. “Everything has just fallen into place, partly because of luck, partly because of the people, but mostly because of the horses.” Joining J Js Delivery in the winner’s circle was lucky “Be A Winner” contestant Nick Toltl, who had his photo taken with the gelding and driver MacDonald. In addition, Toltl will be back at Mohawk for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships enjoying dinner for four and a $100 wagering voucher. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 25. Next on Mohawk Racetrack’s active Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, July 28. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 on Tuesday’s program, which kids off at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Clinton -- Two years ago, James MacDonald was winning Clinton Raceways' annual harness racing drivers challenge heading into the final race when Trevor Henry pulled off a last second victory. MacDonald got his revenge a year ago, winning his first title with a decisive victory over Jody Jamieson. Henry was third. On Sunday, May 31, the trio, along with five other top reinsmen, will suit up against each other again as the 35th annual Drivers Challenge hits the track in support of the Clinton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. "Legions are having a tough time financially across the province. Every cause is a good one, but we think this will be a nice tie-in for us," said Clinton Raceway general manager Ian Fleming. Though it's a fun, relaxed atmosphere in which all proceeds of the day, including the drivers' fees, will go to the Legion, MacDonald said the drivers don't take the competition lightly. "Everyone's really competitive," he said. "You put a bunch of egos in together and one's a winner and you're going to get people trying pretty hard. There's no favours there, that's for sure." Henry, a finalist for the O'Brien Award for Canada's driver of the year in 2014, said pride is on the line. "It's always nice to have the bragging rights," Henry said, "But it's just a lot of fun. It's a good day out." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers of 2014 -- Henry, Ryan Holliday and Bruce Richardson-- against MacDonald, Jamieson, Doug McNair and Mike Saftic from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit and Canada's leading dash winner, Alfie Carroll, who turned 30 in early May, and is leading the nation with nearly 200 wins already in 2015. For the first time in its long history, the Drivers Challenge is being held at the beginning, rather than at the end of the season, to make room for the eighth edition of Clinton Raceway's biannual Legends Day classic that will close out the track's 16-race season on Sept. 6 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital. Henry, long the king of Ontario's smaller tracks and now a regular fixture on the WEG circuit, said he's a big fan of Clinton Raceway. "It's just good to go there and give back to the town of Clinton," Henry said. "They do a lot of good there. It's a good town and a nice track and a good spot." MacDonald said he likes making the trip to Clinton because the Drivers Challenge usually draws a huge crowd and, "the people there seem to appreciate it and they put on a good show." MacDonald currently ranks a close second on Canada's driver earnings list with over $1.35 million made in 2015. McNair is a close third ($1.23 million), following by Henry in fifth ($1.09 million), Jamieson in sixth ($980,000) and Carroll in eighth ($890,000). In the wins department, after Carroll, McNair currently ranks sixth in the nation with 90 wins, followed by MacDonald in seventh (88) and Henry tied for ninth (80). The eight reinsmen participating in the Drivers Challenge have more than 26,300 career wins between them and combined career earnings of around $300 million.     Jessica Carnochan

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