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Reigning Grassroots champion Pretty Handsome delivered an emphatic statement at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night, laying down a :27.4 final quarter in his 1:51.3 Semi-Final victory on a night when the wind slammed into each field as they turned for home. "It's about a three second wind really," said driver Jody Jamieson, who won two of the eight Semi-Finals, including the other three-year-old colt event. "So the trip (Jonathan) Drury's horse went was monstrous." Drury and Pretty Handsome left smartly from Post 5 in the second $20,000 pacing colt Semi-Final and were comfortably in control by the :28 quarter. Unchallenged through a :56.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters, Pretty Handsome seemed completely unfazed by the wind that took the steam out of many of the evening's pacesetters. Rather than slowing, the Mach Three gelding powered down the stretch to a nine and one-quarter length victory. Luka Shenko and Shadow Moon completed the top three, with Phantom Seelster and Gideon Seelster also advancing to next week's championship. "Actually, he didn't surprise me tonight," said Andrew McCabe, who trains Pretty Handsome for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein. "A lot of horses that were leaving out into the wind and then finishing into the wind as well were getting tired, but he just seemed to accelerate in the stretch." The win was Pretty Handsome's third straight and makes him a perfect four-for-four in Grassroots action this season. A two-time Grassroots winner at two, Pretty Handsome was not the favourite in last year's final and was awarded the title when Phantom Seelster was placed from first to ninth for causing interference. Second across the line, Pretty Handsome was elevated to first. With the other two-year-old title holders failing to advance to this year's finals, the gelding is the only horse with an opportunity to repeat as champion. Hoping to prevent Pretty Handsome from repeating will be the other Semi-Final winner, When You Dance, who used a late sprint to score his 1:54.2 victory. Pocket-sitter Yacht Seelster was second while pacesetter and fan favourite Casimir Richie P settled for third. JM Jack Of Hearts and Stock also advanced. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted When You Dance to the win for trainer Ben Wallace of Puslinch and his partners Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida. Like Pretty Handsome When You Dance is undefeated in Grassroots action this season, winning two regular season events prior to his Semi-Final victory. "He's just been a nice horse all year for us," said Wallace of the long-legged pacer. "He's had a great summer and we're looking forward to next week." Jamieson's other victory came in the pacing filly division with favourite Neon Moon, who turned for home so far ahead of her peers she was able to ease up in the stretch and still hit the wire six and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.4. Sunday Afternoon finished second, Lady Bubbles was third, Mittany Nicole fourth and Enchanted Eva rounded out the finalists in fifth. "She's a beast," said Jamieson, who drives the Sportswriter filly for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario. "She's likely a Gold contender, but that division is so tough she's taking the road less travelled. With no bad luck, she should win the Grassroots Final." Guelph resident Jonathan Drury earned his second Semi-Final win in the other pacing filly contest, guiding Machnhope to a 1:54.2 victory over Princess Abie W and Azure Seelster. Sharks Summrshandy and I Shadow U rounded out the top five. Bill Robinson trains the Mach Three daughter for CMR Farms of Hagersville, David Serwatuk of Hamilton and BC Reichheld Stables of Caledonia, Ontario. In the sophomore trotting colt Semi-Finals, Say You Do was also untroubled by the wind, pulling away from the field in the stretch to record a 12 length victory in 1:58. T Barrr finished second in spite of broken equipment, Legend Within was third, Daylon Phantom fourth and Sicario fifth. "He's a big strong colt that wasn't bothered by the windy conditions tonight," said driver Paul MacDonell. "He'll be a factor in the final next week." Guelph resident MacDonell crafted the Kadabra gelding's third lifetime win for trainer Stephen Oldford, Oldford Racing LLC of Port Huron and Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, Michigan. The other trotting colt Semi-Final went to favourite Jammin Jack and driver James MacDonald in 1:59.2. Mister Magic was second, Delcrest Holiday third, Takter fourth and Northern Ruler finished fifth. Mark Steacy trains Angus Hall son Jammin Jack for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. The trotting filly Semi-Finals went to Stormont Charlotte and Zorgwijk Sophia. Stormont Charlotte trotted to a personal best 1:57.2, finishing four lengths ahead of favourite Hopes Solo and pacesetter Ezee Tiguan. Magics Lucky Charm and Gradabra also advanced to the final. Sylvain Filion piloted the Justice Hall daughter to the win for trainer John Gouveia and owner Alan Fair of Ancaster, Ontario. Favourite Zorgwijk Sophia sailed to a 1:59 victory, five and one-half lengths ahead of Melanie G and Shotgun Sally. Stormont Chef and Gotta Pay To Play were well back in fourth and fifth. Doug McNair drove both Zorgwijk Sophia and Ezee Tiguan for trainer Lyle MacArthur and owners Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and will have to choose between the two for the final. "Sophia is a nice little filly to drive," McNair said. "The other filly is different. Once you start her up she's tricky to get relaxed." McNair has until Tuesday to make his decision, when the top five finishers from all of the two and three-year-old Semi-Finals will be entered in the post-position draw for the finals. The eight Grassroots champions will be crowned Saturday, Sept. 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 – Ideation Hanover and Tall Drink Hanover posted victories in Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 19 rookie harness racing pacing fillies competed over two hotly contested $35,000 eliminations. Ideation Hanover and Jody Jamieson took charge early and made their point when it counted the first ‘Great Lady’ elimination. Never worse than third in her eight career races, Ideation Hanover was an overlooked 10/1 at the betting windows, motoring up the inside path to take down tiring leader Treacherous Reign and fend off a late-charging Sylph Hanover on the outside. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the Bettors Delight-Ideal Weather (Western Ideal) daughter. Trainer Dave Menary admitted post-race that he was pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t know how it would all play out.” Announcer Ken Middleton described the “backstretch blast” unleashed by Treacherous Reign as that filly powered out of third to circle Ideation Hanover and Sylph Hanover by the :56 half. Treacherous Reign continued to set the pace, leading by two open lengths over the eventual winner at the 1:23.4 three-quarter-mile mark. With that leader vulnerable in deep stretch, Jamieson’s tactics worked to Ideation Hanover’s perfect advantage. He called Ideation Hanover “the kind of filly who likes to go forward” every start. Stepping out of the shadow of stablemate Quebec Blue Chip after a “disappointing” third-place finish in her last race, a Champlain division at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ideation Hanover was “back on track” for next week’s Shes A Great Lady final, said Menary. The winning filly’s conditioner noted the $50,000 yearling purchase was a bargain: “This family comes from a great pedigree. […] People got off the bandwagon for Bettors Delight. I was happy to bring her home for 50.” Queen of the Pride (Dave Miller) finished third, over Treacherous Reign (Andrew McCarthy) in the first elimination. Ideation Hanover is owned by Ontario-based Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, and Alan Alber. Saturday’s win was her third career victory, returning $22 for a $2 win ticket. An unfortunate incident in deep stretch removed two of the top contenders in the second Shes A Great Lady elimination. Dueling on the lead, Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) appeared to veer into Quebec Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson), taking both out of the race with late breaks and setting the scene of an inquiry. The inquiry resulted in Warrawee Ubeaut being set back twice for creating interference: from sixth back to seventh, then again to ninth in the nine-horse race. Quebec Blue Chip finished eighth, and was placed seventh. Blossom Onthebeach finished seventh and was placed sixth. Deb was ninth, placed eighth. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) had launched to a two-length lead on the front end (27.3), with Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut second and third behind her at the opening quarter. Quebec Blue Chip stepped out to claim the lead by the 55.2 half, with Prescient Beauty settling in third and Warrawee Ubeaut on the attack outside at the three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Tall Drink Hanover loomed second over in fourth at the three-quarters, a fortunate position for driver Andrew McCarthy’s filly. When the battling leaders made physical contact in the stretch, the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account (The Panderosa) daughter escaped difficulty and powered to a going-away triumph in 1:51.2—a new personal best, by two-and-a-third lengths over Prescient Beauty. The judges inquiry did not affect the top four finishers in the elimination. Odds On Lucie (another Tony Alagna trainee) was third, over fourth-place Carousel. Winning conditioner Tony Alagna, who has three fillies going to the stake final, said Tall Drink Hanover (a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase) had “a six-week deficit behind these other fillies [over the winter], but she just continues to improve.” Sympathizing with the connections of Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut, he added that their accident took nothing away from Tall Drink Hanover’s performance: “I felt good halfway down the lane that she was going to get there anyway.” It was the fourth win in seven starts for the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar winner, who is owned by Alagna Racing LLC of New Jersey, Marvin Katz of Ontario, and Riverview Racing LLC of Florida. The post-positions for next week’s $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final were drawn following the eliminations. 1. Treacherous Reign 2. Prescient Beauty 3. Ideation Hanover 4. Tall Drink Hanover 5. Carousel 6. Queen Of The Pride 7. Sylph Hanover 8. Odds On St Lucie 9. St Somewhere 10. Art Lecture AE: Money Shot Hanover Nivana Seelster defeats Lazarus N Nirvana Seelster denied Lazarus N a rebound victory with a huge coast-to-coast 1:48.1 victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old Bill Budd trainee was blasted to the lead by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 before powering home in :27.1 for his eighth win of the season. Lazarus N finished second, beat two-lengths. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old left from post-seven and settled in fourth. Driver Yannick Gingras angled Lazarus N to the outside nearing the half and grinded away first-up on the final turn, drawing to within a length and three-quarters of the lead at the third-marker. Nirvana Seelster had no quit in him pacing down the lane, as Lazarus N had to settle for the runner-up finish. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster just missed matching his career-mark of 1:48, which he took last season at Mohawk Park. The fan-favourite, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings last week, has now earned $208,170 in 28 starts this season Nirvana Seelster and Lazarus N were the only two-horses in Saturday's nine-horse field that competed in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. Lazarus N finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was eighth. A $2 win ticket on Nirvana Seelster returned $24.80. Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Driver Jody Jamieson has been red-hot over the last month and his outstanding run continued Thursday with a five-win night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson, who had eight drives on the 11-race program, started his evening strong by sweeping the 'Early-Double' with two-year-old pacing filly Westbeach ($12.40) and two-year-old trotting colt Trix And Stones ($3.30). The reinsman in Green-Yellow-White recorded the Hat-Trick in the seventh-race with five-year-old trotting mare Major Muscle ($8.60). Jamieson finished the night the way he started by winning his final two drives with three-year-old pacers Dramatic Point ($9.80) and Westslucky Terror ($3.50). The five-win night pushes Jamieson into sole possession of fifth in the Mohawk Park driver standings with 91 wins. The Moffat, Ontario resident has more wins than any other Woodbine driver over the last month, recording 32 wins since August 16. Jamieson now has 170 driving wins this season, which is just two-less than his total of 172 for the entire 2017 season. He is scheduled to drive in six-races on Friday's 13-race card. Post time Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

There were few surprises at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday night as the top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings padded their point totals in the last Grassroots event of the regular season. After finishing second twice and third once, Cousin Peter finally found the winner's circle in the first $18,450 Grassroots division. Starting from Post 1 driver Louis Philippe Roy settled Cousin Peter in the pocket behind Priceless Ruler and followed the pacesetter through fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:29.4. In the stretch Roy slid Cousin Peter into an open lane and the colt reeled in Priceless Ruler and first-up challenger Magical Journey to score a neck victory in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Magical Journey was second and Priceless Ruler settled for third. "He's a horse that doesn't really look fluid when you sit behind him, but he wants to try and has a big heart that makes him forget his little issues," said Roy. "I might be wrong, but he's a horse that I expect to improve a lot between two and three years old." Roy steers the Johnny William son for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Sergis Racing Stable LLC of Canton, NY and Saverino Spagnolo of Ottawa, Ontario. With a total of 122 points the consistent Cousin Peter finished the season in third spot and will be among the favourites in the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second division saw point leader Royale Elite get a pocket trip behind Archway, who led the field to fractions of :29.4, 1:02.1 and 1:33.2. Coming off the final turn driver James MacDonald tipped Royale Elite out from behind the pacesetter and the colt powered home to a two length win in 2:02.4. Archway finished second and fan favourite Judge Ken recovered from an early break in stride to be third. "The trip worked out great; no stress," said trainer Mark Steacy. "We'll keep to the same schedule for next week and hope to stay sound and healthy." Wednesday's win was Royale Elite's fourth in Grassroots action. He was also victorious at Georgian Downs, Hiawatha Horse Park and Woodbine Mohawk Park. His only loss came at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the July 31 event where he finished third behind two colts that are ranked among the top 10 Gold Series competitors. With his near perfect record, Royale Elite leads his peers into the post-season with 212 points. Steacy trains Royale Elite for owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec and the conditioner's concerns about keeping the Royalty For Life son healthy are more than just lip service. His stablemate Rap Royalty, ranked fifth in the standings, was scratched out of Wednesday's first division due to sickness. "We're hoping Rap can rebound to race next week," noted Steacy, who currently leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes standings in pursuit of his third straight Johnston Cup title. The final division saw LA Magic record his first victory in just his second lifetime start. The Kadabra son and driver Jody Jamieson stormed away from Post 2 and never looked back, reeling off fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:30.3 on their way to a one and one-half length win in 2:01.2. Lightly rated Fitzgibbons trotted into second, leaving fan favourite A Royal Line the third-place spoils. "I've schooled him and qualified him and he is naturally gifted with a flawless gait," said Jamieson. "I really thought he could ambush them off the gate tonight and win, and that's exactly what he did." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Duane Marfisi and owner Gary Morritt of London, Ontario. With a fifth-place result in his Sept. 3 debut, LA Magic finishes the season with a total of 55 points and heads into the Semi-Final tied for ninth spot, but Jamieson is expecting him to be a serious player. "He'll be the freshest horse in the Semis next week," pointed out the driver. "Hopefully he'll use the light schedule to his advantage." The top 20 points earners with at least two starts in the Grassroots program will advance to next week's Semi-Final. The top five finishers from each $20,000 Semi-Final will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 29. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois Rivieres, QC - It's Super Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, September 9 with the tracks richest harness racing program of the year, $512,000 in total purses headlined by eight Quebec Championship Finals. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers has four finals, each with a purse of $65,000. The two-year-old's also will compete in four finals, each with a purse of $55,000. Plus, there are two $8,000 Invitational events, one for trotters and one for pacers. For this rich days of racing, world class drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson, Louis Philippe Roy and James MacDonald are coming in from Ontario to compete with H3R's top drivers. Here is a brief overview on each of the special races on Sunday. 2nd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Trot - Cesar Duharas is the race favorite and rightly so. Last week the son of Muscle Massive tied the track record for colts at H3R with a 2:01.3 triumph in the third round of the Future Stars Series. He will start from post five for trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby and breeder/owner Haras De Estrie, Inc. of Dunham. Cesar Duharas has three wins this season, the fastest a 1:58.3 record at Mohawk Park. Competition will come from Yves Filion's Money Hill (post eight), who has his son, Sylvain, driving the son of Muscle Hill and the entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post four) for trainer Dany Fontaine. 3rd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Pace - YS Sunshine (post six) gets the call in here off his last start, a very impressive 1:53.4 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk Park. The Sunshine Beach geldings other two wins this season came in legs of the Future Stars Series with driver Stephane Gendron back in the sulky for trainer Michel Allard and breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Second choice is the undefeated D Gs De Vito (post eight) with driver Jonathan Lachance. This unbeaten son of Sportswriter is going for his fifth straight win, all at H3R and he has a record of 1:58 taken last week. Other contenders include Guinness Panic (post five) and GA Speed Gaby (post three). 4th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Trot - Provided they can stay on stride, Montanaalaska (post four) and Kinnder Prediction (post three) both have good chances of winning. Montanaalaska won two starts back for driver Guy Ganon 2:00.2 and 2:02.4 the prior week, but also shows tendency to break stride too. Sired by Angus Hall, Montanaalaska is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gastineau. Kinnder Prediction broke last week for driver Justin Filion. The prior week was first placed ninth and the week before won in 2:02.4 over Montanaalaska. The daughter of Northern Escort is trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. 5th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Pace - The entry of BG (post four) and Katniss S BG (post 8) loom over the field. Katniss S BG is the stronger of the entry. This daughter of Mach Three has four wins this year, the fastest in 1:53 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and has won three of her last four starts for trainer Richard Moreau and co-breeders and owners Sylvain Desvheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Lit De Rose (post seven) might have been made the betting favorite if not for her starting from an outside post. This daughter of Leader Bayama has been first, second or third in her last six starts with a record of 1:57 taken two starts back. She will be driven for the first time by Sylvain Filion. 6th Race $8,000 Invitational Pace - Hard to believe that four of nine horses in this race, Cee Pee Panic, HP Patriote, Atomic Million AM and Wildriverbumblebee, are all prior Championship winners. Cee Pee Panic (post three) is the oldest at age 9 and Wildriverbumblebee (post nine) the youngster at age 4 and the race favorite with Sylvain Filion in the sulky. Wildriverbumblebee is coming off a 1:54 triumph at H3R in his last start for trainer Francis Richard. UFdragons Rocket (post two) is the fastest return winner in the field, coming off a 1:52.1 triumph for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Other contenders include Atomic Million AM (post five) and Windsun Cheyenne (post eight). 7th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Trot - Kenogami Darling (post four) has dominated this division with back to back wins in the series and is going for her fourth straight win. The daughter of Justice Hall has been super for trainer Dany Fontaine and driver Guy Gagnon. Her record this year is 1:59.2 taken at Mohawk Park. She was bred and is co-owned by Jean Francois Reid of Anjou with Claude Reid of Jonquiere. Although Kenogami Darling has beaten everyone else in the field, watch for Kinderunbelievable (post five) and Claudi P V (post six) to be on the board. 8th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Pace - Better Now (post 3) is the race favorite having won two of the legs at H3R and also coming off a strong second in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots last week at Clinton Raceway for trainer and co-owner Pierre Ouellette. The filly by Betterthancheddar has Jody Jamieson in the sulky and can race well from on or off the pace. Second choice is the top filly Hurryupatthebeach (post five). This daughter of Up The Credit was undefeated in her first five wins for trainer Pierre Leclerc, getting beaten for the first time in the third leg of the series. She will again be driven by Pascal Berube. Also watch for Flower Sena (post eight), who was able to beat Hurryupatthebeach in her last start for driver Jocelyn Gendron, but the outside post position will hinder her chances somewhat. 9th Race $8,000 Invitational Trot - What a top-notch race this will be. There are three Quebec Series Champions in the field, Capteur De Reve (post five), who just won his second straight title, former track record holder Seeyou Men (post seven) and Holiday Party (post eight). Capteur De Reve with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky is the race favorite, having won the Open Handicap last week and with a record of 1:58.4 at H3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has Guy Gagnon in the sulky after they won last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.4. Others to watch include the return of Rocky Boy (post three), Broadway Maija (post four) and Windsun Hugo (post nine). 10th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Pace - Great field of competition headed by race favorite Kinnder Jackson (post four) who has seven wins in ten starts, all at H3R for breeder, owner and trainer Deniza Petrova. This son of Allamerican Native has two wins in the series and will be driven for the first time by Louis Philippe Roy. Hudson Phil (post six) may show poor finishes last three starts for driver James MacDonald, but this son of Shanghai Phil was raced timed last week in 1:51.4 and has a record of 1:51.3 for trainer Mark Steacy. Play Jet Play (post seven) is part of an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine with last year's Champion, Stock (post five), who won a leg of the Series back in July in 1:54.2. 11th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Trot - SG Goliath King (post two) could be part of a double ­on the day for Hall of Fame trainer Yves Filion. This son of Lucky Fool has three wins in his last six starts and will have son Sylvain in the sulky. Other contenders include Yankee Photo (post four) for trainer Gerald Woodberry and driver Pascal Berube, Orlys Fury (post three) and Nobodynojustice (post one). Post time is 12:50 pm Sunday and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club will host the richest day of harness racing in 2018 at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with C$512,000 in purses headlined by the championship finals of both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. World renowned harness drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson and Louis Philippe Roy will be leaving Toronto for Quebec to compete in the rich Super Sunday afternoon program. First race post time is 12:50 pm. Of the 12 races on the program, eight are the finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Each of the four Breeders Cup finals go for C$65,000 each and the four Future Star final races for a purse of C$55,000. In addition, there is an $8,000 Invitational Trot and Pace, and for the first time there are two $8,000 consolation races, one for the Breeders Cup and one for the Future Stars. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - September 4, 2018 - Driver Jody Jamieson was the 'First Star of the Night' on Tuesday's 11-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Moffat, Ontario resident has been red-hot as of late and he continued his tremendous roll by posting four wins on Tuesday's program, including a victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot with Dunbar Hall. Trained by Jamieson's wife, Stephanie, Dunbar Hall rushed from fourth to first in the second-quarter and proceeded to power home to a career-best 1:52.2 victory in the evening's feature race. Dunbar Hall ($7.40) was making his first start since finishing sixth in his elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot on August 25. The four-year-old gelding now has six wins, 12 top-three finishes and $161,440 earned in 16 starts this season for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. Jamieson's first win of the evening came in the second-race 10-year-old gelding Slip Into Glide. The Dave Menary trainee trotted to a 1:54.2 score to pick up his fourth win in his last seven starts. A stunning 1:51.3 performance from two-year-old pacer Twin B Watching ($15.10) in the fifth-race gave Jamieson his second win. Another Menary trainee, Twin B Watching outdueled Heisman Player to break his maiden and take an impressive mark. The 'Hat-Trick' for Jamieson came via the upset variety, as he guided five-year-old trotting mare Major Muscle ($39) to her first win since March and third win in 20 starts this season. Jamieson has more wins than any other driver at Mohawk Park since August 14 with 19 wins over 16 cards of racing. He currently ranks seventh in the Mohawk Park driver standings with 79 wins. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Clinton Raceway closed out its 2018 season with an outstanding afternoon of racing on Sunday featuring the 38th annual Charity Driver's Challenge and four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Contested over the first eight races, the Charity Driver's Challenge was a fierce battle between Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair and Bob McClure. Heading into the final leg of the challenge McNair was leading with 160 points, McClure sat second with 137 and Jamieson was in third with 128 points. With a gritty first-over effort aboard Grande Seelster, Jamieson claimed the victory and with it his sixth Clinton Charity Driver's Challenge title. "To win number six today was a bit of a shock really. Some of the top young drivers in the country were here today, so you never know how it will play out," said Jamieson, who hails from Moffat, Ontario. "Fortunately, I had the best horses today and made it look quite easy." The participating drivers and Clinton Raceway fans raised just over $5,000 for the Tanner Steffler Foundation, which aims to support Huron County youth aged 12 to 24, and their families, with issues surrounding mental health and addiction, with the long-term goal of building a treatment and wellness facility within the county. All eight drivers - Natasha Day, Jonathan Drury, Ryan Holliday, Jamieson, James MacDonald, McClure, McNair and Scott Wray - were enthusiastic participants in the annual event, both for the friendly rivalry and the cause they were supporting. "I was leading until the last race and then got beat by Jody," said McNair. "But it was all for a good cause. It is important for people to realise that everyone and anyone can have mental health challenges, and no one should feel like they are different because of it, or be unable to find help." Once the challenge had come to an end Jamieson, McNair and McClure continued their dominant performances in the Grassroots events, with each reinsman piloting one two-year-old pacing filly to victory. McClure kicked things off with Lady Driver, delivering an impressive performance from Post 7 that saw them battle up the outer lane to a head victory in 1:59. Pacesetter and fan favourite Twin B Friendly settled for second and Hard Eight was third. "She's a nice little filly," said McClure, who piloted Lady Driver to the win for trainer Mike Keeling. "She's great gaited and that makes her very handy on the small tracks." The win was the first of the season for Sportswriter daughter Lady Driver, who is owned by CTC Stable of Chestnut Ridge, NY, and David Hamm and Michael Hall of Dagsboro, DE. Jonathan Drury interrupted the Jamieson-McNair-McClure show with a victory in the second $18,800 Grassroots division, guiding favourite Clearly Better to her first Grassroots victory in 2:00.3. From Post 2 the Betterthancheddar daughter controlled all the fractions and bested Better Now and Three Rocks by one and one-half lengths. Cambridge resident Blake MacIntosh conditions Clearly Better for his partners Stuart McIntosh of Essex, Ontario and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Jamieson was back in the winner's circle following the third Grassroots division with Jack Darling trainee Free Exchange. The fan favourites took command going by the quarter and sailed home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:59. Loves Delight was second and Turn Back Time completed the top three. "Free Exchange is getting stronger with each start," said Jamieson. "She is definitely one of the best Grassrooters around and I'm glad Jack has stuck with me to drive her." The win was Free Exchange's first Grassroots victory and her second lifetime. Exeter native Darling, who now calls Cambridge home, owns and trains the Betterthancheddar daughter. McNair wrapped up the program, and the Clinton Raceway season, in thrilling fashion, steering Sports Flix to a track record effort for his father Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner James Fraleigh of Dresden, Ontario. The Sportswriter daughter came from off the pace, swinging out three-wide at the three-quarter pole, and powered down the stretch to a four and one-half length victory in 1:57. Karans Choice was second and Aumydarlin was third. "She raced really good, that's a big mile up here," said the reinsman. The clocking took one-fifth of a second off the 1:57.1 standard established by Bourbon Seelster in an August 2015 Grassroots event. Sports Flix now has two Grassroots victories to her credit and sits atop the two-year-old pacing filly division with 117 points as they head into the fifth and final regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 10. In addition the Charity Driver's Challenge and Ontario Sires Stakes action, Clinton Raceway also hosted its first-ever Weiner Dog Race and the victorious canine was Zinc from Post 8. The six-year-old Zinc was cheered on to his victory by handlers Maggie and John. Racing will return to Clinton Raceway in 2019 with more Ontario Sires Stakes action, family friendly events and community fundraising activities. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - September 1, 2018 - Crazy Wow, piloted by Jody Jamieson, posted a barefoot 31-1 upset over favoured Marion Marauder in Saturday's $651,000 Maple Leaf Trot, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Deo Volente Farms LLC, the six-year-old son of Crazed was first off the gate and first when it mattered most in the Canadian classic. Will Take Charge overtook the speedy Crazy Wow and Emoticon Hanover to make the quarter in :27.1 and the half in :55.1. Ariana G moved first over with Marion Marauder following her cover, but it was Crazy Wow, sitting second late in the turn, that had the most to offer down the lane to spring the upset in 1:51.1. While the public was surprised, Jamieson, who previously won the Maple Leaf Trot in 2012 with Mister Herbie, was not. "I thought I was even-money," joked Jamieson when asked what he thought of his chances going into the race. "I talked to Marcus (Melander) and he said he was real confident in the horse. We actually hooked up jogging (in the warm ups) with St Lads Neptune and this horse, Crazy Wow, and he said, 'look at him. Look how happy he is.' I couldn't argue with him, the horse looked amazingly happy. When the horse saw the gate tonight he was just a different animal." Although it was Jamieson's first time piloting the six-year-old, the veteran driver performed with confidence. "I've watched him race plenty of times, but I didn't realize what kind of horse he was," said Jamieson. "That was a big trip tonight and he made it look real easy." Jamieson made the winning move at the top of the lane, when squeezing inside of Will Take Charge. "I wasn't sure I was going to get through. Around the last turn, I was following what I figured was the best horse in the race, Will Take Charge," said Jamieson. "And with Ariana G out there I figured maybe I'm going to be third, maybe at the very worst, and a little slim lane opened up and I jammed myself through there like I get in trouble sometimes for doing, but he just trotted right through there. Once I got through there clean it was never in doubt that he was going to win." Melander made the key decision to pull Crazy Wow's shoes for the lucrative final. "I've been thinking about that since I got the horse eight weeks ago," said Melander. "We trained him our way and then he qualified good at Pocono. He was a little short last week, of course, after just one qualifier after eight weeks break. "We were actually supposed to race barefoot last week," continued Melander. "But, there were two scratches in the race and we only had to beat one horse, so we kept the shoes on and saved the feet on him. The track was amazing today and it was an easy decision." Like Jamieson, Melander approached the Maple Leaf Trot final with confidence noting that he wasn't surprised at all with the winning effort. "Not really when we got the one-hole. He showed that he's been beating these horses before and the horse felt so sharp going into the race," offered Melander. "He needed a race last week and I was very happy with him this week and he warmed up great. I know he has an extra gear when I pull the shoes, that's for sure." Crazy Wow, bred by Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Ohio, paid $64.20 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON -  August 6, 2018 - Blank Canvas and Captain Nash found the winner's circle in Monday evening's second leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers. A total of 12 rookies were split into a pair of $14,000 divisions. Round one winners Captain Ahab and Best In Show opted to skip the second leg, which opened the door for two rookies to grab a victory and enter next week's final with confidence. Blank Canvas remained undefeated with a blowout 1:52 score for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Casie Coleman in the evening's first split. The gelded son of Art Major rushed from third to first on the far turn, pacing his third-quarter in :27.2 to reach that station in 1:24.1. Blank Canvas proceeded to cruise home in :27.4 to win by nearly six-lengths. U S Captain finished second, while Thisihowwedoit was third. A $30,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Blank Canvas did not participate in last week's first leg of the Dream Maker. The Coleman trainee is now three for three in his young career with his three victories coming by a combined 13 ¾ lengths. Blank Canvas has earned $21,000 for owners West Wins Stable, J Robert Darrow and A Harris Racing LLC. He paid $2.60 to win. The second division saw Captain Nash break his maiden with a 1:52.2 score for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carl Jamieson. Quatrain Blue Chip cut the mile, posting fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:23.4 to lead into the lane. Captain Nash followed in the two-hole, sitting a little less than two-lengths off the lead during the red-hot third-quarter. In the stretch, Captain Nash powered by Quatrain Blue Chip and paced home in :28.1 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Twin B Jays finished second, while Macs Power, who was the race-favourite, reached up for third after being well-back turning for home. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Nash had two runner-up finishes in two starts coming into Monday's start. The Jamieson trainee came up half a length short to Best In Show in last week's first leg. Captain Nash, who was a $19,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, is now one for three with $14,000 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and Brian Paquet. He paid $8.50 to win. The $39,000 final of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday evening. Live racing continues Tuesday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies headlines an 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx Seelster parted the skies to win the $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Having drawn the trailing position of post nine, Bronx Seelster and Trevor Henry followed Prestige Seelster (Bob McClure) off the wings and landed fourth behind Wager On Me (Jody Jamieson) and Twin B Watching (Doug McNair). Wager On Me put up quarter fractions in a quick :27.1 as Twin B Watching pocket-pulled to lead the field to the half in :55.1 as Bronx Seelster came with the first-up attack to clear and lead his foes to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Bettors Wish (Paul MacDonnell) in pursuit. Stride for stride to the head of the stretch, Bronx Seelster and Bettors Wish dueled to the finish line with Bronx Seelster putting a neck in front of Bettors Wish to win in 1:53.1, narrowly missing Tarpon Hanover's 1:53 track record set in 2012. Wayne McGean trains the two-year-old son of Big Jim and celebrates his first Battle Of Waterloo victory with a colt who has now surpassed $225,000 in six starts. The $22,000 yearling has now returned his yearling price 10 times over for owners Capers 3 Stables of Sydney, NS. The victory was also the third win of the card and the first Battle Of Waterloo score for driver Trevor Henry. 10th annual Battle Of The Belles Trainer Dave Menary scored his third Battle Of The Belles title in a favored victory with Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson. The Sportswriter daughter fronted the field through fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.2 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in the $163,840 race. Menary also trains the runner-up in the race, Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald). Powerful Chris (Bob McClure) was an elimination division winner last week and put forth a persistent first-up battle against front-facing Quebec Blue Chip, but faded to fifth in the later going. Track Records The 28th Industry Day undercard also featured two track record performances. Neon Moon set a new best for three-year-old pacing fillies during the second of four Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, coasting to a five-length victory in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The score bumps aside the 1:53.1 record set in 2013. At 8-1, Cousin Mary and Trevor Henry also lowered the aged pacing mares' track record to 1:53 after holding off Butter Milk Hanover and Bob McClure in race six. The clocking replaces five ties of the former 1:53.2 mark which was first established in 2013. OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Al Shelton, Emelia Svensson, Jennifer Harding, Steven Samis, Karen Laarman, Kathryn Gilfoy, Katie Graham, Kendal Middleton, Kim O' Reilly, Korina McLean, Lisa Mutter, Marie Brooking, Mary Lou Gingras, Robert Alliett, Steve Quinn and Susie McNair. Young Guns Race Six harness racing proteges took to the racetrack with their ponies (and accompanying drivers) in the Young Guns Race. Quinton was the race winner in the five-horse race, driven by Eric Lachance with help from his mother Marielle Enberg. Bouncy Pony Stakes Grand River Raceway's current leading driver, Colin Kelly, posted the biggest upset of the afternoon, defeating multiple Bouncy Pony Stakes champion James MacDonald in the 14th edition of the Industry Day fan favourite. MacDonald and fellow competitors J. Harris and Bob McClure cooled off the victor with a surprise tub of ice water during his trophy presentation. Garage Sale The Industry Day Garage Sale raised a total of $774.00 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

AUGUST 6, 2018 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies were part of Grand River Raceway's annual Industry Day celebrations on Monday and Neon Moon set the tone for the afternoon's festivities with a track record effort in the first $18,800 Grassroots division. From Post 5 driver Jody Jamieson sent Neon Moon straight to the lead and the fan favourite reeled off fractions of :26.4, 55.4 and 1:24.1 before opening up to a five length victory in 1:52.4. Hello Love and Askmysecretary finished second and third. The mile took two-fifths of a second off the former sophomore pacing filly track record, first set by Seaside Rory in 2012 and equalled by L A Delight in 2016. "She was really sharp going into the race, but you just, on a half-mile track you just kind of hold your breath a bit," said trainer Jack Darling, who also owns the daughter of Sportswriter. Monday's victory was Neon Moon's second straight, but her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. In her first two Grassroots starts she finished third. A four-time Grassroots winner at two, Neon Moon may have earned herself a shot at the Gold Series fillies with the track record performance. "She's been racing Grassroots, but she's just kind of borderline Gold, so we might give her a shot," noted Cambridge, Ontario resident Darling. In the second division fan favourite Katniss S BG overcame the outside Post 8 to earn her second straight Grassroots victory. In rein to Louis Philippe Roy, Katniss S BG left sharply and was able to settle in behind the fans' second choice Falls Creek as she rolled through fractions of :27.2, 58.2 and 1:27.1. In the stretch Roy asked the Mach Three daughter for another gear and Katniss S BG sprinted by the pacesetter to record a half-length victory in 1:55.4. Falls Creek settled for second and Princess Abie W was third. "I wanted to leave, not to be too far away with her, and then I see Robert was on the lead. I thought he was going to try and have my cover and follow me, but I knew he was also the second best, like the one to beat, so I was even more happy just to get in behind him, following him," said Roy. "So Post 8 before the race was a little bit of a concern, but it ended up having the perfect trip. "I thought maybe he could have stretched me a little bit then sit behind me, and he might have a shot at beating me, but the way it turned out was perfect for me," the driver added. Roy piloted Katniss S BG to the win for trainer Richard Moreau and owner-breeders Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. It was the filly's third straight victory and her fourth in 10 starts this season. Lifelong Dream earned her first-ever Grassroots victory in the third division with a come-from-behind effort from Post 5. After leading the charge on pacesetter Cardiff in the outer lane, Lifelong Dream dug in down the stretch to score a head victory in 1:54.1. Machnhope was second and Sharks Summrshandy was third. Dean Nixon trains Lifelong Dream for owner-breeder Greg Merlo of Glencoe, Ontario and the horseman was delighted to see the filly record her first Grassroots win after a pair of runner-up finishes. "She's kind like of a little dream come true for him. He's always just had his own horses that have raced on the B tracks and this is the first time he's had a horse that was capable of racing in stakes competition," Nixon explained. "When we first got her, she's very small and I didn't think much of her. I wasn't overly optimistic and she's just been a pleasant surprise. "We give her time between starts, we don't over race her, and he doesn't mind that, he wants what is in her best interests all the time," the horseman continued. "I'm really happy that these people have been so fortunate, that this little horse has produced so well. It's a little dream come true for them and it's nice to be a part of that." Bob McClure piloted Lifelong Dream to the win, the filly's second in 13 sophomore starts. In the last Grassroots division driver Trevor Henry copied McClure's come-from-behind tactics with Cabowabocuttie, easing away from Post 7, powering up the outer lane and battling hard in the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:56.2. Pacesetter and fan favourite Sunday Afternoon settled for second and I Shadow U was third. "When I seen we had the seven-hole I thought oh dear, but she overcome it," said owner Bill Manes of Rockwood, Ontario. "She tries; small but mighty." Gerald Lilley conditions Big Jim daughter Cabowabocuttie, who started her season at the Gold Series level, logging one third and one ninth. Monday's victory was her second straight, and her third on the season. The fillies served as the opening act for the $163,840 Battle of the Belles and the $262,315 Battle of Waterloo finals. Quebec Blue Chip delivered a commanding front-end effort to capture the two-year-old pacing filly event, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.1 for driver Jody Jamieson, trainer Dave Menary and owners Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East, Ontario. The filly's stablemate Ideation Hanover was second and Village Joules was third. Two-year-old pacing colt Bronx Seelster captured the Battle of Waterloo with a gritty effort that saw him fight back in the stretch when rival Bettors Wish got a head in front. The fan favourite hit the wire a neck in front of Bettors Wish in 1:53.1 with Sports Teen third. Arthur, Ontario resident Trevor Henry piloted the Big Jim son to his fourth straight win for trainer Wayne McGean and owners Capers 3 Stable of Sydney, Nova Scotia. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - July 6, 2018 - Witch Dali and driver Jody Jamieson capitalized off a third-quarter tilt at the front to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of seven pacing mares squared off in the Friday feature with Richard Moreau trainees Witch Dali and Sandbetweenurtoes playing an important role. Sandbetweenurtoes fired out to the lead at the beginning and posted opening fractions of :27.2 and :55.2. Firebby, the 7/5 favourite, started first-up from fourth nearing the half and engaged in a big third-quarter battle with the leader. A third-quarter of :26.3 took a bite out of Sandbetweenurtoes and Firebby, as the mares slugged it out from the half into the lane. Witch Dali was able to benefit from the battle, as she had been situated fifth in the early stages and driver Jamieson followed Firebby's move around the far turn, sitting third on the outside, but a few lengths back of the top pair's battle. Witch Dali powered by the leaders in deep stretch, but was not the only mare passing rivals on the outside. American Sara and Sylvain Filion had tracked Witch Dali from the far turn and got up in the last stride to make it a photo finish. The photo finish camera determined that Witch Dali held on by a head to win at odds of 5/2. Firebby finished third, while Sandbetweenurtoes was fourth. A seven-year-old daughter of Dali, Witch Dali surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with her fifth victory of 2018. The Moreau trainee now has five wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 12 starts this season. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali is now a 28-time winner with career earnings of $582,668. She paid $7.70 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 22, 2018 - The classy Sandbetweenurtoes registered her first harness racing win of 2018 in impressive fashion Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old winner of more than $1 million powered to a 1:49.3 victory in this week's edition of the $30,000 Mares Preferred. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sandbetweenurtoes made a second-quarter rush to the lead from fourth and led a field of six by the half in :54.4. Jamieson kept the foot down on the Richard Moreau trained pacing mare and smoked a :27.3 third-quarter to lead by four lengths turning for home. Sandbetweenurtoes wasn't going to be denied her first win of the season and paced home in :27.1 for the sub-1:50 score. Witch Dali, also from the Moreau barn, charged through rivals to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length. American Sara and P L Hurricane finished third and fourth, respectively. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes was making her fifth start of the season Friday and was coming in off a third-place finish, her best result of the season. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won 12 of 30 starts and banked over $243,000 last season en route to winning an O'Brien Award. Friday's victory increases Sandbetweenurtoes career numbers to 34 wins and $1,047,782 earned. She paid $6.40 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an 11-race card highlighted by a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON June 19, 2018 - Will Take Charge stormed home to win Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.3 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis. The eye-catching mile of 1:51.3 is the fastest trotting mile this season in Canada. Returning to Canadian soil after a successful stint in the United States, Will Take Charge was sent off as the even-money choice against six rivals. The Gillis trainee got away fifth in the early-stages and watched a game of musical chairs take place up front. Big Rich had to work hard to clear rail starter Dancer Hall to lead at the opening-quarter in :27.2. Dancer Hall quickly circled around entering the backstretch, but was overtaken immediately by Warrawee Roo, who was parked around the first turn. The new leader reached the half in :56. Around the final turn, Achille Duharas came first-up from fourth and supplied cover for a perfectly placed Will Take Charge. Warrawee Roo led by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:24.1. Will Take Charge was fourth lengths from the lead turning for home, but the five-year-old had plenty of fight in him. The Gillis trainee unleashed a :26.3 final-quarter to powerfully track down the leader and prevail in deep stretch for the 1:51.3 score. Dancer Hall got up the inside to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Warrawee Roo had to settle for third. Owned by Mac Nichol, Will Take Charge is now seven for 13 this season. The five-year-old gelding made six starts south of the border from April 14 to June 9, winning three of them, including the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial. Will Take Charge boosted his 2018 earnings to $236,511 and career earnings to $796,761 with his 19th career victory Monday. The clocking of 1:51.3 also established a new North American season's best for an older gelding trotter on a seven-eighths of a mile track or bigger. Will Take Charge paid $4 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Sintra converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Jody Jamieson to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A strong field of nine pacers, featuring eight older heavyweights and three-year-old Jimmy Freight, battled in the annual Invitational. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting early, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:21.2. Just after the half, Check Six angled out from third to come first-up and supplied cover for Sintra from fourth. In the stretch, Sintra exploded off cover to rocket by and storm home to a 2¾ lengths victory in 1:48. McWicked, who was fourth-over turning for home, got up for second. Jimmy Freight got an inside trip, racing seventh most of the mile. The son of Sportswriter charged home strong along the rail to finish a very respectable third. A five-year-old gelding, Sintra picked up his first win in three starts with Saturday's sizzling mile. The Dave Menary trainee had finished second in his first two outings this season, which come on the heels of an award-winning season in 2017. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra is now a 18-time winner with $988,425 in career earnings. He paid $18 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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