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On Monday night, 17 colts and 25 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway's marquee event, Industry Day. While the 25th anniversary of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 3, finalists in the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 27, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. Trainer Bob McIntosh and driver John Campbell won the 2014 Battle Of Waterloo with Go Daddy Go, and look to double-up with Think On It in the first division. The homebred son of Ponder won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event at Mohawk in 1:54 on July 10. He was fourth a week later in a Gold Series event at the same locale. This will be his first race on a half-mile track and he'll start from post position one. Sizing him up from post two is the Tony O'Sullivan starter Semi Automatic. While still on the hunt for his maiden-breaking win, the Badlands Hanover son has amassed $30,100 with a runner-up and third-place finish in two OSS Gold Series events. James MacDonald will steer. With $44,870 banked in three starts, Carolina Hurricane is the most accomplished earner of the bunch. He'll start from post six for trainer Ron Adams. The Sportswriter gelding was a speedy runner-up in his last two assignments. In race seven, Cambridge, ON trainer Casie Coleman conditions the 2-1 early favourite, A Bettors Risk. The Bettors Delight son made a costly miscue getting away from the gate in his career debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 17 but made a massive recovery in that mile to finish second. He'll start from the coveted rail position in Monday's second division. To his right, Stonebridge Beach will be on the hunt for his first win in four starts. Stephane Pouliot will drive the pacer for trainer Stephane Larocque. Stonebridge Beach rallied nicely to finish third in an OSS Gold Series event on July 18. The freshman is a Mach Three brother to the late great Art Colony (a winner of $863,000 in 13 races) and commanded a yearling price of $48,000 at the 2014 Forest City Sale. Jimmy Takter hopeful Cruise Patrol will start from post three. The Bettors Delight colt qualified in 1:56.1 over The Meadowlands and finished a close second in his first start at the New Jersey track a few weeks later. He had a rough trip in last week's Canadian debut in the OSS Gold Series at Mohawk Racetrack, but finished fifth just three lengths behind the winner. Cruise Patrol was a $60,000 yearling purchase in Lexington, KY. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the $140,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Heavenly Hill is one of five starters in the Belles elims for Cambridge, ON trainer Dave Menary, who won the final in 2012 with Macharoundtheclock. Jody Jamieson will steer Heavenly Hill from the trailing position (post #9) in the first division. The duo finished second in an OSS Grassroots event last week at Georgian Downs, and won the filly's maiden trip in 1:54.2 on July 9 at Mohawk Racetrack. Menary's others hopefuls are: second division starters Free Show - the early favourite and richest of the field with earnings of $35,000 - and OSS Grassroots winner Twin B Virtue starting from outside post #8; third division starters Vermillion Bird (post #3) and outside starter Maniana which was a lapped-on runner-up in last week's OSS Gold Series event. Twenty Three Red is the early favourite from post seven in the first division. The Mach Three miss let a late lead slip away in her most recent OSS Gold Series start and settled for third. Monday will mark her first start in the barn of Cambridge, ON trainer Joe Pereira. Among her competitors, Boozer Bruiser boasts the quickest mile to date with an impressive 1:54.1 clocking in an OSS Grassroots maiden win at Mohawk Racetrack. She was a runner-up last week for trainer Louis Eftimiadis and driver Mike Saftic, who will send her from post #2 on Monday. Bold Amoretto was the winner of last week's OSS Grassroots event in 1:56.1. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, the Big Jim filly was a $52,000 yearling purchase. Her dam, Armbro Amoretto, was Canada's top two-year-old filly in 2002 and winner of $1.6 million during her own illustrious career. Bold Amoretto will start from post four in Monday's second division. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON won the 2014 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with Win The Gold. The pair are vying to replicate that victory with Win The Gold's full sister, Golden Idol. She was a solid runner-up in a sharp clocking two starts ago, but finished fifth by eight lengths in last week's OSS Gold Series event. The Sportswriter filly starts from post #1 in Monday's final division. Keystone Paula has earned $40,600 in just two career starts for trainer Ervin Miller. She's the richest of all 25 fillies after a two-length OSS Gold Series win in 1:54.1 at Mohawk Racetrack on July 6. She was fourth in her follow-up two weeks later. The projected early favourite of race six, she'll start from post position five with driver Sylvain Filion. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race eight on July 27. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 3 features a 12-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Somebeachsomewhere, newly-installed into the Living Harness Horse Hall of Fame, sired three of the five winners in the $268,940 first round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The trio of winners by the great horse included two Ron Burke trainees: Check Six (out of Southwind Vanna), who quarter-moved to the top then snapped home in 55.4 - 27.3 to tally in 1:53.4 for driver Matt Kakaley and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin, along with 3 Brothers Stables' JK Will Power (whose dam is Whats New Pussycat), who paced an individual last quarter of 27.1 to be a 1:54.2 "pocket rocket" for pilot Yannick Gingras.   The other SBSW winner was Canadian invader Carter Beach (dam: Flaming Diablo), who was in the "feature division" which contained three of the five Pennsylvania All-Star winners earlier this month.   But in his first start "south of the border," Carter Beach showed his mettle by grinding uncovered in a 56.1 last half to post a neck triumph for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer/father Carl, the latter co-owner with Thomas Kyron and George Harrison.   Neither the fastest winner or the longest-priced winner was a son of "Somebeach," however.   Speed honors went in the opening division to the Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip colt Spider Man Hanover, who produced a superhero-like 27.1 brush to the lead in the third quarter to win in 1:52.1 for driver David Miller, trainer Brian Brown, and owners Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vauper, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman.   50-1 shot Whata Twist, last and gapping at the half, and then shoved four-wide late on the far turn due to chain-reaction interference, still managed to rally in the final strides for a 1:53 triumph.   The Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage colt, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Chris Ryder, co-owner with Diamond Creek Racing, lived up to his name by producing a $107 return for a $2 win investment to his scattered backers.   Jerry Connors  

Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts kicked off their Gold Series season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with three impressive performances. "I think there are a lot of colts with speed, I was very impressed with all the elimination winners," said trainer Dave Menary, whose Nvestment Bluechip captured the first $70,000 division. Two colts in the first division had already scored wins in conditioned races at Mohawk, and fans made Arsenic and Matchplay Hanover their top choices based on those results. When the starting gate swung away from the field Stonebridge Beach, Matchplay Hanover and Nvestment Bluechip left aggressively from Posts 1, 3 and 4. Stonebridge Beach and Nvestment Bluechip each enjoyed a brief turn on the lead before Matchplay Hanover took command just after the :27.3 opening quarter. Matchplay Hanover continued to lead through the :55.4 half and 1:25.4 three-quarters, with Nvestment Bluechip tucked in behind him and Stonebridge Beach applying pressure from the outside, closely followed by Arsenic. Turning for home the colts were tightly bunched, but when Stonebridge Beach and Arsenic stalled in the outer lane driver Jody Jamieson was able to maneuver Nvestment Bluechip into open space and the Shadow Play son sprinted down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over the hard closing Semi Automatic and Sintra. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson engineered the 1:53.1 victory for trainer Menary of Cambridge, ON and his partners Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, who offered up $40,000 for Nvestment Bluechip at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was my favourite from Day 1," admitted Menary, who also won a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots events at Mohawk on Thursday. "We're very happy tonight. "I would have liked to have a start into my colt (before tonight)," the trainer added. "But we're happy to be fresh and looking forward to the rest of the year." Nvestment Bluechip In the second division, fan favourite Betting Line took command before the half and never looked back, sailing home a two and one-half length winner in 1:52.1 Heavymetal Hanover and Imsporty finished second and third. Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON steered Betting Line to the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The group acquired the Bettor's Delight son from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, spending $60,000 on the half-brother to four $100,000-plus winners. "He's a very talented colt, he trained down like a top colt from day one," said Coleman of the well-bred youngster. "He's fully staked up and we have high hopes for him." Betting Line The final Gold Series trophy of the evening was awarded to Voracity, who also sprinted home to a two and one-half length win in 1:52.1 Milton, ON resident Randy Waples engineered the Sportswriter son's victory for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and his partners Brad Grant of Milton and John Fodera of Staten Island, NY. "He's been a real pleasure to train all winter," said Alagna. "We loved him when we saw him as a yearling at Hunterton Farms. I trained his mother Lu Lu Q when I worked for Erv Miller, so I liked the pedigree and took a good run on him at the sale." Alagna and his partners anted up $47,000 to acquire the colt, who scored wins in both of his qualifiers at The Meadowlands before shipping north in preparation for Saturday's Ontario Sires Stakes test. Voracity The two-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk for their second Gold Leg next Saturday, July 18. Up next on Mohawk Racetrack's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the Gold Series season opener for the two-year-old trotting colts. The freshman trotters are featured in Races 3 and 5 on the Campbellville oval's Monday, July 13 program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Menary had starters in four of the eight freshman pacing filly divisions, with Jamieson aboard all four, and the pair reached the winner's circle on their second attempt. Starting from Post 4, No Shadows and Jamieson took early command of the race and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :59 and 1:28.1 on their way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:55.1. Bohemian Delight and Selling The Dream closed hard, but were unable to reel in the pacesetter, settling for second and third. "She's a real handy filly. She was able to steal a good half tonight, but when Jody asked her to pace at the top of the stretch, she just paced away," said Menary of the Shadow Play daughter. "She's done everything we've asked her so far. I don't know how much is there, but I hope everything keeps heading in the right direction." The Cambridge, ON resident conditions No Shadows for owner-breeder L A Express Stable LLC of Lincoln University, PA. The trainer and driver met in the winner's circle for the second time following the sixth $18,000 division. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson eased Heavenly Hill away from Post 3 and settled into fifth through the :27.2 opening quarter, then was able to tip out behind fan favourite Vera Bon heading for the :57.2 half. Sitting fourth at the 1:27 three-quarters, Heavenly Hill was just a length back turning for home and used a 27 second final quarter to secure the 1:54.2 victory. Lady Paquet finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vera Bon was three lengths back in third. "This filly has just been getting better and better, she was a little bit behind a month ago, and probably maybe could have used an extra training on the clock or an extra qualifier," said Menary. "Aiming for tonight we qualified her a little bit short, but I was real happy with that effort that day (June 27), and extremely happy with that effort tonight." The daughter of Art Colony and former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Look Cheap, Heavenly Hill is owned by breeder Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain. Menary's other two starters, Green Light and Vermilion Bird, finished fifth in the first division and seventh in the last split, but the trainer is confident they can improve off their debut performances. "We need to get them ironed out just a little bit," he noted. "Green Light paced as fast as some of the other division winners, and I think we haven't seen the best of her, and Vermilion Bird is another filly who was behind a little bit. Tonight she could have steered a little bit better, but I definitely think there's more there. "This is the year I got a plethora of fillies, I've got a real harem," the trainer added. "I don't have near as many colts; we didn't start off with as many colts, but the fillies have all really come through. "I've got nine OSS fillies and I'm pretty excited about the group of them." All eight division winners gave their connections something to be excited about, starting with L A Delight, whose 1:54.1 score in the first split was one of the fastest miles of the evening. The Bettors Delight daughter and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON controlled the tempo for much of the mile, sailing home three lengths ahead of Buttermilk Hanover and Tempus Seelster. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the homebred for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. L A Delight is a half-sister to $612,941 winner Somewhere In L A. Dancin Inthe Nude, another regally-bred youngster, captured the third Grassroots division for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The Sportswriter daughter and reinsman Clarke Steacy of Lansdowne, ON rocketed down the stretch to grab a one-quarter length victory over Columnist and favourite Jimmys Little Girl in 1:55.1. Hudson Standardbred anted up $110,000 to acquire Dancin Inthe Nude - a half-sister to $1.2 million winner Dancin Yankee - from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The fourth Grassroots trophy was awarded to Miss Print, who was a comfortable one and one-quarter length winner over favourite Three Dreams and Nic Nac Patty Mach, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:55. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the Sportswriter filly's first win for trainer Shaun McDonald of Rockwood, ON and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON. The fifth division featured a nail-biting stretch drive that saw three fillies abreast at the 1:54.4 finish. Icthelight Hanover was awarded the quarter length victory, but racing officials determined that State Of Joy and Bernadette reached the wire simultaneously and declared a dead heat for second. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion drove Big Jim daughter Icthelight Hanover to the win for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Just a nose separated Tahiti Seelster and runner-up Dixiecrat in the seventh division, timed in 1:55.2, with Bad In Paradise one and three-quarter lengths behind the leaders. Guelph, ON reinsman Phil Hudon steered Up The Credit filly Tahiti Seelster to the win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, ON and owners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON, and Malcolm and Robert MacPhail of Dover Centre, ON. The final Grassroots division was captured by Boozer Bruiser, who held on for a half-length victory over Glorious Delight and Miss Babe Delight in 1:54.1. The Believeinbruiser filly was driven to the win by Campbellville resident Mike Saftic for trainer Louie Eftimiadis of Newmarket, ON and owner-breeder Gerald Mijal of Westland, MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 19, while Mohawk Racetrack prepares to host the two-year-old pacing colts in Grassroots action on Friday and Gold Series action on Saturday. Post time for both programs is 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first harness racing two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday and the pacing fillies set the bar extremely high for the other three freshman divisions. In the very first $70,000 Gold split, Thatsoveryverynice emerged not just as the fastest filly in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but the fastest two-year-old filly in North America with a record setting 1:51.2 performance. Starting from Post 5 Thatsoveryverynice and driver Jody Jamieson landed in fourth on the rail and watched as fan favourite Thisorthat Hanover rocketed to a :26.1 opening quarter and :55.4 half. Stepping into the outer lane going by the 1:23.4 three-quarters Thatsoveryverynice showed off her own turn of speed, sprinting home in :26.2 to score a three length victory in the Ontario Sires Stakes record clocking. The mile eclipsed the previous two-year-old pacing filly all-time record of 1:51.3 set by Voelz Hanover at Hiawatha Horse Park in 2007. Pocket sitter Golden Idol finished second and pacesetter Thisorthat Hanover settled for third. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson crafted the record setting win for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Alagna Racing LLC of Manalapan, NJ. Alagna prepped Thatsoveryverynice with a pair of qualifiers at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, where the Vintage Master daughter recorded one win and one third. In the third division Twin B Thong delivered another impressive performance, taking control of the race before the half and sailing home unchallenged in 1:52.1. Free Show and Betty Hill finished one and one-half lengths back in second and third. Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou piloted Twin B Thong to the win for trainer Casie Coleman, and while Coleman had confidence in the Sportswriter filly's ability to win her Gold Series debut, she did have a few anxious moments in the winner's circle. "I actually was kind of scared tonight in the winner's circle," said Coleman. "I thought she might do a flipper when she had to stand still for a picture, but she was actually really good." "I warned everybody to be careful because I think she's going to do a flipper, but she behaved herself." Behaving herself was something that did not come naturally to Twin B Thong, who Coleman says was one of the toughest young horses she ever had to work with. After the trainer and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON acquired the $65,000 yearling from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling sale, Coleman spent several months wishing she could send her back. "Probably for about the first month to two months I was wishing I didn't buy her." "I've got to thank Anthony Deacon and Jay Harris, that work for me; the job that they did on her getting her broke is absolutely unbelievable, because I'm telling you this filly wouldn't even go," recalled the trainer. "She'd just plant her feet and didn't want to do anything." "We couldn't get her to go, could not get her to go." Fortunately, after several months of patience and a few hair-raising experiences - including a sprint through the woods at Coleman's winter training base in Florida that only came to an end when the jog cart Twin B Thong was trailing behind her got wedged between two trees - the filly decided to channel her energy into moving forward. "Once she got training and got going and realised that she wasn't going to get hurt or anything like that she trained very, very good," said Coleman. "She trained down good after we got by that first two month period of breaking her." The only quirk still remaining in Twin B Thong's repertoire is a reluctance to hang around with a race bike or jog cart attached to her harness, which is why Coleman was a bit worried about the filly's winner's circle behaviour. "Once she's on the track her manners are perfect, but going out of the barn and coming in there's got to be a person there ready to clip each side of the bike and get it off her, and you've got to keep her moving," said the trainer. "And she won't stand there with a bike hooked on her, once you're going to hook the bike you've got to kind of hook it on the fly." To Coleman's relief, Twin B Thong kept her composure during the blanket and trophy presentation in the Mohawk winner's circle and her owners are hoping the filly has a few more opportunities to practice her post-race manners through the Ontario and open stakes season. The other Gold Series trophy went home with the connections of Keystone Paula, who powered up the inside to a two length victory over favourite Kays Shadow and Stonebridge Pearl. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion drove the Bettors Delight daughter to the 1:54.1 win for trainer Ervin Miller and owners Greg Gillis of Alliston, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL, Louis Willinger of Louisville, KY and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL. All three winners will be hoping to maintain their position at the top of the division standings when the two-year-old pacing fillies make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 20. Mohawk Racetrack has a full weekend of freshman Ontario Sires Stakes action coming up, starting with the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots season opener on Thursday, followed by the first two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots on Friday and the two-year-old pacing colt Gold Leg on Saturday. Ontario Horse Racing

The first of the stock of the former champion pacer Vintage Master 1:48.2 ($2,160,953) to hit the racetracks made her debut today in a two year old fillies division of the $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series at Mohawk Raceway. Thatsoveryverynice is trained by Tony Alagna and had qualified impressively at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4 recently but was a bit neglected in the betting with Thisorthat Hanover backed as if unbeatable from barrier one. Driver Jody Jamieson eased Thatsoveryverynice out quietly from gate five and she settled back in the running as Thisorthat Hanover and Randy Waples grabbed the lead and set a frantic pace early with the first quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. There was no let up down the back as Waples kept the tempo high with Thisorthat Hanover through the three quarters in 1:23.4 and the Sportswriter filly was still in front as they turned for home. Another Sportswriter filly in Golden Idol who had been in the trail the whole way came out to challenge Thisorthat Hanover at the top of the lane and just when it looked these two fillies would fight out the finish, Thatsoveryverynice and Jody Jamieson went sailing on past  and on to an emphatic victory with Jody sitting as quiet as in the bike. Golden Idol battled on well to run second but some way from the winner with Thisorthat Hanover holding onto third. Thatsoveryverynice stopped the timer in a brilliant 1:51.2 with her last quarter in a sizzling 26.2. A filly from the first crop of Vintage Master, Thatsoveryverynice is from the the very talented mare Fox Valley Zena 1:51.2 ($294,295) and is the fourth winner from four foals for the daughter of Richess Hanover. Lightly patronized at his first season at stud with just 47 two year olds to represent him this season, Vintage Master is off to a flying start with a filly that looks a potential champion. Harnesslink Media

Jody Jamieson had the winning touch at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, piloting four sophomore pacing colts to Grassroots victory. Jamieson kicked off his successful evening in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, guiding Dialamara to a three and one-quarter length triumph over Feeling Cam Lucky and Naturescape. The 1:51.1 clocking was the quickest of the seven Grassroots divisions and was a new personal best for Dialamara. "Dialamara was really good," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "He stepped around the leader there in two strides and was strong right to the wire." The Lisa Mara son started his Ontario Sires Stakes season with a third-place result in the Gold Series opener, but trainer Patrick Fletcher of Hagersville, ON moved him down to the Grassroots for the June 21 event at Clinton Raceway and Dialamara finished fifth. Saturday's victory was Dialamara's first on the provincial stakes circuit, although he was the winner of the WEGZ Final at Woodbine Racetrack on March 21, and the runner-up in both the Count B and Youthful Finals at the Toronto oval this spring. John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON owns the winner of $129,032. Jamieson made his second trip to the winner's circle with his own gelding, Make Some Luck, in the third Grassroots division. The pair circled out three-wide at the three-quarters and powered down the stretch to a half-length victory over favourite His Boy Elroy and Legion Of Boom. The 1:52.3 clocking was a personal best for the Camluck gelding. "I have yet to give him a decent drive, but he has overcome it almost every time," said Jamieson, who was forced to regroup at the start when Make Some Luck went off-stride briefly after making contact with the gate. "We couldn't be happier with his effort." Jamieson's father Carl conditions Make Some Luck, who now boasts two wins and one third in Grassroots action and is currently tied for second spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings with 112 points . Three regular season events remain on the three-year-old pacing colt and gelding calendar. The reinsman's third win came in the fifth division with Antar Phil, who cruised home a five and one-half length victor in 1:53.2. Windsong Lord and fan favourite Artful Way settled for second and third. "He started from a tough spot in the nine-hole but the trip worked out perfect, there was lots of movement," noted Jamieson. "We ended up being second over up the backside and I swung him over and he just sprinted home from there. He was really good." The win was Antar Phil's second straight, but his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter son is trained by Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Jamieson completed his driving quartet in the final Grassroots division with his father's horse Sporting The Look. The fan favourites tipped out of the outer lane and sprinted home to a 1:52.1 victory, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of The Fire Within and Bob Ben And John. The fifth-ranked horse in the province last season, Sporting The Look had failed to find the winner's circle in his first four starts this season, so Jamieson was pleased to see the Sportswriter son's luck change. "He's been run into, or I've run into somebody else, in every start this year with him. He's hooked wheels twice, got run into once, that's three starts, so he was due," Jamieson said. "He got a perfect trip too and paced hard to the wire, so it was real good." Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson shares ownership of Sporting The Look with 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In addition to his wins, Jamieson's other two Grassroots mounts, Sports Lightning and Win One Soon, finished second and third. "I had some horses that were favoured and it worked out," reflected the driver. "Lots of times it doesn't work out, and tonight it did." The other three divisions went to Mach Code, Western Bayama and Deetzy. Mach Code and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON were one length winners over Sports Lightning and Regal Sight, stopping the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:52.4. Jeff and Lori Thomson bred, own and train the Mach Three gelding, who sits tied for second in the division standings with Make Some Luck. Western Bayama battled to a head victory over Sports Bettor and Lancaster Park in the fourth division. The Lis Mara son hit the wire in a personal best 1:53.4 for driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, ON, trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Deetzy also won a nail-biter, getting a neck in front of Southwind Indy and Win One Soon at the 1:53.2 finish. Thornton, ON resident Stephen Byron engineered the Jeremes Jet son's first lifetime victory for trainer Ken Sucee of Bowmanville, ON and Shelby Novick of Delray Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 31. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 7 with the Grassroots debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies. Five divisions of novice trotters will be featured, going postward as Races 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8 on the 7:15 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 2, 2015 – Everything came together for three-year-old pacing gelding Maracasso at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the John Williamson trainee earned his first ever harness racing victory in an $18,000 Grassroots division. After sitting third through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2, Maracasso burst out of the pack in the stretch and reeled in pacesetter Mac Raider to earn the nose victory in 1:53. “The horse needed a trip and he got lucky enough to get one,” said driver Jody Jamieson after the race. “If you’re going to break your maiden, it’s better to be in a stake race than anywhere else.” Trainer Williamson of Waterdown and Daniel Haist of Ridgeville share ownership of Maracasso and Jamieson was pleased to engineer the win for the longtime partners. “They’ve both been in the business, both partners, for a long, long time. They’ve had moderate success, but maybe this horse is their OSS horse for the year,” said the driver. Maracasso made two starts in the Grassroots program last season, finishing third and sixth, and the Lis Mara son had two sophomore starts under his belt heading into Tuesday’s contest. “I actually raced him last year, and he was really immature,” noted Moffat resident Jamieson. “He’s still fairly immature, but he definitely got the right division and he raced well.” Maracasso bested fan favourite Mac Raider, owned by Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg, and Regal Sight in the fourth of seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The first division was captured by Mr Carrotts and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, who circled the Mohawk Racetrack oval in 1:52.2 for trainer Murray Brethour and owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton. The win was the first of the season for the Mach Three gelding, but his fifth straight top three result. Sportswriter son Windsong Lightning stepped to the quickest victory of the seven Grassroots divisions, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:51.3. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the win for trainer David Menary of Cambridge and owners Terry De Matteo of Stoney Creek, and Mark Searles and 648885 Ontario Limited of Caledonia. Milton resident Randy Waples piloted Artful Way to a 1:51.4 score in the third split for trainer, owner and breeder Bob McIntosh of Windsor. The Artistic Fella son edged out favourite Naturescape to score his second straight victory. Mach Code earned his first win of the season in the seventh race, cruising home a five length winner in rein to Guelph resident Doug McNair. The leading Ontario Sires Stakes reinsman in 2014, McNair steered Mach Code to the 1:52.2 win for trainer Jeffrey Thomson, who shares ownership of the Mach Three – Early Dismissal homebred with Lori Thomson of Chesley. Driver Mario Baillargeon of Acton captured the last two divisions, guiding Tell All son Myhoneytellsall to a 1:53 win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus and owner-breeders M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, and then returning to the winner’s circle with HP Bushido Dragjet. Owned by breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer’s Cliff, QC, HP Bushido Dragjet is trained by Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood. The Jeremes Jet son earned the head victory over favourite York Seelster in a clocking of 1:53.3. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on June 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week with six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening. Post time for both events is 7:25 pm.  

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 13 - Cast No Shadow and Maplelea came into Monday night's $36,200 Blossom Series final at Mohawk with a shot at a series sweep, but Doctor Terror and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson had other plans. A compact field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up Monday for the final of the Blossom over a 'sloppy' surface at Mohawk. Cast No Shadow, who was undefeated in five starts this season coming into the final, was sent off as the 1/2 favourite, while Maplelea, who entered the final on a five-race win streak, went off at odds of 3/1. Both fillies scored impressive victories in the preliminary rounds and were going for the series sweep Monday night. However, the Blake MacIntosh trainee Doctor Terror would not allow the brooms to come out and came away with the series final victory at odds of 9/2. Driven by Jamieson, Doctor Terror sprinted out to the early lead and would give way to Cast No Shadow in the second-quarter for a two-hole trip. The favourite would set fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.3 to bring the field into the stretch. Maplelea, who paced along sixth, had her chances take a hit around the final turn, as her cover stalled on the way to the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Doctor Terror came off the rail and would grind down Cast No Shadow to overtake the lead. Moonlit Dance came charging on the far outside in deep stretch, but Doctor Terror held her off to win by a head in 1:57.2. Cast No Shadow finished third, while Maplelea got up for fourth. A daughter of Western Terror, Doctor Terror has made all three of her starts this season in the Blossom Series. Along with a victory and a pair of runner-up finishes, Doctor Terror walks away from the Blossom with a total of $25,600 in earnings. Last season, Doctor Terror won a Grand Circuit event at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and banked over $110,000. She is owned by Blake MacIntosh and Stuart McIntosh. Doctor Terror returned $11.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Blossom Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of three-races of $15,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 11 - American Rock with Jody Jamieson turned in a gritty harness racing effort to win the $37,000 Youthful Series final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A solid group of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday evening for the final of the three-week Youthful series. Legion Of Boom, the 4/5 favourite, came into the final on a three-race win streak and had a chance at a series sweep. The action was hot right from the start, as the first-quarter saw a trio of horses battle around the opening turn. Dialamara, who was three-wide, would come away with the lead as the field entered the backstretch. American Rock, who got away fourth, came charging first up in the second-quarter to engage Dialamara in a duel. American Rock would eventually clear to the lead at the mid-way point, but not after a rock-solid half-mile clocking of :55.1. Around the final turn, Team Captain was pressing at the leader first up, while Legion Of Boom was placed second-over. American Rock posted a third-quarter of :28.1 to reach the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, American Rock dug deep and would not allow his rivals to get by, as he reached the wire first in a career-best 1:52. Dialamara came up the rail to finish second by a length and a quarter, while Pantheon Hanover made a rally on the far outside to finish third. Team Captain, who was beat less than two-lengths, and Legion Of Boom had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Rocknroll Hanover, American Rock is trained by Ben Wallace for owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing colt came into Saturday's final off a 1:54.1 victory in last week's second leg and had finished second by only a head in an opening leg division on March 28. American Rock, who did not race as a two-year-old, now has a record of five wins from eight starts and earnings $57,250. The Wallace trainee returned $7.10 to win. In order to be eligible to the Youthful series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2014. American Rock Favourites dominate round one of Don Mills The first leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk was dominated by the chalk. A group of 13 four- and five-year-old trotters were split into two $20,000 first round divisions. In the first division, Wild And Crazy Guy picked up his third win from his last four starts in 1:56. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, Wild And Crazy Guy and driver Mario Baillargeon got away fourth in the early stages. A second-quarter move gave Wild And Crazy Guy control of the lead and he never looked back. The public's choice finished up his mile with a :28.2 final-quarter to win by a length and three-quarters over Windsun Revenge. Exemplar finished third, while Ramas Last Son took fourth. A four-year-old gelding son of Crazed, Wild And Crazy Guy is trained by Martin Lachance for owners Jean Brunet & Ted Gewertz and now has three wins from 12 starts in 2015. Saturday evening's victory gives the four-year-old 12 career victories and pushes his bankroll over $164,000. Wild And Crazy Guy paid $3.30 to win. Wild And Crazy Guy In the second division, Bourbon Bay and driver Mike Saftic lived up to their 1/5 billing and scored a dominant 1:54.1 victory. A four-year-old gelding son of Sand Vic, Bourbon Bay swept the General Brock series back in February at Woodbine and was returning north of the border Saturday off a Weiss Series division victory at Pocono on March 31. The heavy-favourite was sent straight to the lead by Saftic and it was lights out from there. Bourbon Bay set fractions of :28.2, :57 and 1:25.1 before trotting home easily in :29 to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Seawind Pascale. Sheer Flex finished more than 12 lengths behind the winner in third, while A J Destiny finished fourth. The clocking of 1:54.1 is a new career-mark for Bourbon Bay, who now has eight wins from 11 starts in 2015. The four-year-old is trained north of the border by Mike Sinclair for lessee John Cummings Jr of Nichols, New York and increased his career bankroll to over $117,000 with the victory Saturday. Bourbon Bay paid $2.40 to win. Bourbon Bay In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. The second leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series will take place next Saturday (April 18). Mark McKelvie

There are some athletes, who are to their sport — like jam is to peanut butter. They come together like eggs to bacon. They blend. They become one, an osmosis in the world of sweat — like Jordan and basketball; a puck and Gretzky, baseball with The Babe. One without the other is intellectually indigestible. So, it is, that harness racing has always had its Filion and a Waples. Or two. Jody Jamieson is a multiple O’Brien Award winner and John Campbell is regarded with a reverence rarely heard this side of a Gordie Howe conversation. Some, such as Sylvain Filion, who leads the drivers’ standings with Canada’s top harness circuit moving to Mohawk Thursday from Woodbine, continue to hold the standard high for the old world order. But, look close enough, and it is evident that standardbred racing is also coming into a new age. The twitter generation is making its move. A younger, perhaps bolder more aggressive, and evidently a talented wave of young drivers has taken a foothold in the industry. Perhaps never before has so much young blood lined up horses behind a starting gate. “I think it has changed quite a bit,” says Doug McNair, who at age 25, sits second in the driver’s standings behind only Filion. “Even if you go back just a few years, most guys had to be in their 30s before they could race (on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit) full-time. Me, Jon Drury, and a couple others, all came in about the same time and I think it’s good for the sport. “When you have the younger drivers well, they tend to hang out with a younger crowd and I think it might get more younger people ... a new generation of people coming out to the track.” There is certainly a new generation taking over on the track. With the switch-over to Mohawk, three of the five top drivers have yet to see a 30th candle lit on their birthday cake. Drury, from Rockwood, Ont., is fifth with 37 wins. McNair, has 62 wins in 332 starts, just six behind Filion. James MacDonald, who at age 28 recorded his 1,000th lifetime win last season, sits in third spot with 44 wins. “I think I’ve got a lot of good years ahead. Most of the better, older drivers didn’t get to their best until their mid-30s,” said MacDonald, who grew up in a racing family in Prince Edward Island. “A younger group is starting to break through ... a few of us have gotten noticed.” Noticed is a modest way of putting it. McNair surpassed the 2,000-win mark last year and ranked as the top Ontario Sires Stakes driver. In 2008, at age 18, he became the youngest driver in harness-racing history to win a $300,000 purse in the Battle of Waterloo. Horses, he has always realized, would be his life. His father Gregg, one of Canada’s top conditioners with over $31 million in career earnings, got him started in the sport. “I was only five or six years old maybe when it happened, but there’s a picture in my bedroom of me sitting on a bike in the winner’s circle after (Filion) won a race with one of my dad’s horses. Now I’m 25 and I’m getting a chance to go out there every night with some of these guys. How great is that. Sure, I have my bad days sometimes and I’m not happy when I leave the track — but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” said Doug, “lots of four- and five-year-old kids dream of going to the NHL. I always dreamt of going to the track and racing.” Like McNair, Drury and MacDonald both grew up in racing families. Unlike McNair, Drury and MacDonald had to find, or rediscover, their passion for racing after some alternative adolescent diversions. “I played hockey, I played baseball. You name it, I played it,” said MacDonald, who enjoyed his job at the track canteen in Charlottetown, but rarely hung out at the family or track barns. Both his parents worked at the local track, the family was into the breeding business and his brothers Mark and Anthony were already on track to successful careers as drivers. “My brothers were always obsessed with the horses. I wasn’t,” said MacDonald. After graduating Grade 12, he worked a summer in Campbellville for his brother Anthony but, “I didn’t enjoy it that much to be honest” and he returned to college in P.E.I. Everything changed the following summer when he went back to Campbellville and his brother put him on a bike. “I don’t really know what changed. Maybe I was older. Maybe it was just I knew people and had more friends but I loved it.” And, the game, it turned out, loved him back. Last year, he drove Muscle Babe to a stakes-record performance in the $178,287 Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association final for three-year-old filly trotters in an impressive 1:54. His purse earnings this season already top $800,000. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even if I’m having a bad night and I go to the gate I still believe I’ve got the best job in the world.” Drury could be building racetracks rather than racing on them. While he also grew up in a racing family — his father Barry worked at Mohawk, still trains horses and once worked for the legendary Ron Waples as an assistant trainer at the old Meadowlands — he toyed with the idea of becoming an architect. “I really enjoyed it, and woodworking in high school. I thought about going to university but I ended up finishing high school and ... well, racing kind of took over. I guess it was just in my blood.” He started at a small track in Woodstock, his father gave him a leg up with a few horses. “Mostly it’s about opportunity. You have to get a chance to drive some decent horses ... when people see you winning at the smaller places they start to be more willing to let you go to the big tracks,” said Drury. A move to Kawartha Downs a few years later and teaming up with top trainers Corey Johnson and Carmen Auciello was the birth of his “Made It” moment. “I was a regular driver there (Kawartha Downs) and they started using me and we developed a relationship and it just snowballed from there,” said Drury, who also raced at Pocono for Auciello. “It was a great experience. I think it really helped me to be to where I am at today. It’s a different style of racing (at the Poconos), it taught me a lot and I think its made me a better driver now.” Since then he has become an integral part in the development of O’Brien Award winner Vegas Vacation, guiding the colt to victory in his first lifetime start at Mohawk Racetrack. Ultimate goals: For MacDonald? “You try not to look at the standings but you do ... It would be to win a drivers title at WEG,” he said. “To me the biggest thrill is still to have a full card against the best drivers that I grew up idolizing. We’re young ... at this age you’re eager to prove (yourself). We want to win and be like the guys who’ve been in this sport a long time.” Thursday, McNair has six races on the opening card at Mohawk in a season in which he is off to his best career start, and one he hopes will culminate with his ultimate dream: The O’Brien Trophy (awarded annually to Canadian harness-racing’s best and brightest) and a driving championship. “I picked up some good horses to start the year and it just seems to have snowballed from there,” said McNair. “In 2013 I got nominated, along with Filion, for driver of the year. He was always one of the guys I idolized when I was a kid. When that happened I felt like I belonged.” They have taken different paths to get to where they belong, but standardbred’s young guns are arriving at the finish line together. Said Drury: “When you’re racing at Woodbine and Mohawk you’re obviously doing something right. Just knowing I’m racing with the best is kind of a special feeling ... In the past, owners have always gone with the experienced guys. It’s nice to see some of the younger guys get a shot, with good horses, because I do think it’s good for the sport. By Bill Lankhof for the Toronto Sun Reprinted with the permission of the Toronto Sun

A touching gesture from Canadian harness racing star Jody Jamieson has come to light after the star reinsman returned home from competing in last month’s World Driving Championship in New South Wales.  Jamieson was one of 10 drivers competing at the Championship and made the decision to donate his outside driving fees and prize money won during his Aussie stay to Sunflower Cottage. Run by Disability Macarthur, Sunflower Cottage is a warm and homely place for children with disabilities who have high support and medical needs.  The WDC drivers got the opportunity to spend a morning with the children at Sunflower Cottage during their time in Sydney.  Disability Macarthur chief executive Annamaria Wood was full of praise for Jamieson and thanked him for the donation. “We were very excited to receive the donation from Jody towards the Sunflower Cottage and all of my staff were really overwhelmed by the morning tea we had with the world drivers,” Wood said. “All of the drivers spent time with the children and parents, we really need additional funding and sponsorship and what Jody has done is greatly appreciated. “I saw the way the international drivers interacted with our families and how special that was to them. I can’t thank them enough for the way they made the children feel, that was priceless!” Jamieson was moved by the visit to the cottage confirming it was the most memorable morning he had in Australia. “I just thought that if I could help those families out a bit by donating the money then it was a no brainer,” Jamieson declared. “I thank the stars every morning when I wake up with the regular trials in life that my kids are healthy. “I love the fact that these families have a place for children to call home for short periods and that these folks can provide the love and care that these kids have at their own homes.” HRNSW Media

The World Driving Championship headed to Penrith tonight for three harness racing heats.  Penrith is a suburb and a major centre in the metropolitan area of Sydney.  Penrith is located 60 kilometres west of Sydney on the banks of the Nepean River.  The Penrith track is 804 metres in circumference.  New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn took a 39 point lead into the night over his nearest rival USA’s Tim Tetrick. Canada’s Jody Jamieson dominated the evening’s proceedings winning two heats but it was his patience that was rewarded in heat seventeen.  Driving the favourite, Strawberry Courage from gate one, he got buried on the marker pegs.  Showing a lot of skill to get away from the inside Jody Jamieson charged home over the top to beat Emerging Art and Finland’s Mika Forss.  Just Pit Boss and Dexter Dunn finished third with Diesel Shannon and Denmark’s Knud Monster fourth. Heat 17 Knud Monster brought up his second win of the Championship when he brought Midnight Lights with a well timed run to win heat eighteen but when Dexter Dunn held onto second placing driving Lombo Final Touch it all but sealed the Championship for New Zealand.  France’s Tony Le Beller weaved through to get third with Flying Crusa while Billion Smiles and Mika Forss finished fourth. Heat 18 Jody Jamieson made it a double when Katsidis charged home late to score a narrow victory in heat nineteen.  Katsidis raced behind the leader for most of the race but when Marquez started to tire, Jamieson was able to extricate away from the marker pegs and build race winning momentum.  Marshal Dale and Tony Le Beller was second.   Norway’s Vidar Hop was third driving Tralee Bromac and Satu for France’s Pierre Vercruysse grabbed fourth. Heat 19 So with one heat remaining in the Championship the point score is as follows   Name Point Score After 19 Heats Dexter Dunn 183 Tony Le Beller 140 Tim Tetrick 137 Mika Forss 135 Jody Jamieson 131 Knud Monster 120 Chris Alford 116 Pierre Vercryusse 112 Vidar Hop 91 Guillermo Adrover 89 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 While Dexter Dunn cannot be beaten in the Championship, four drivers are still in contention for second place.  Tony Le Beller, Tim Tetrick, Mika Forss and Jody Jamieson will battle it out to be the runner up. Australia’s travelling reserve Peter McMullen picked up a drive in a non Championship race at Penrith and went onto win the event. The drivers will spend the next two days resting and enjoying the sights of Sydney before returning to Menangle on Sunday for the final Championship heat.  Sunday’s race will be run at Gr. 2 level. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

Seven heats of the harness racing World Driving Championship were run in the city of Wagga Wagga, situated 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Wagga Wagga is the state’s largest inland city and is an important agricultural, military and transport hub of Australia.  The Wagga Wagga harness racing track is 823 metres in circumference. Tonight the track was the venue of the Dexter Dunn show, as the leading New Zealand reinsman roared back into Championship contention with a dominant display winning the first three heats. Dexter Dunn’s patience was rewarded in heat six as he sat midfield and watched his rivals tire in the late stages.  Dexter Dunn made his move on Miss Ponder a 50/1 chance in the final lap and she was able to hold off a late challenge from France’s Pierre Vercruysse driving Rob The Bank and  Knud Monster behind G K Galleon.  Mika Forss continued his point accumulation with a fourth driving Chloes Venture. The seventh heat saw Dexter Dunn victorious driving The Baggy Green, in what many New Zealanders would see as an ironic win.  New Zealand and Australia are fierce enemies on the cricket field and ‘The Baggy Green’ is the name given to the hat worn by Australian cricketers.  Frenchman Pierre Vercruysse secured another second placing when he brought Holy Camp Girl with a late run.  Knud Monster completed the same driver trifecta as the first heat when Itsallaboutex ran third.  Norway’s Vidar Hop finished fourth on Sokys Bigbullet. It was three in a row when Dexter Dunn shot Shes A Jackson straight to the front from barrier one in the eighth heat of the Championship.  USA driver Tim Tetrick attempted to put some midrace pressure on the leader but it was to no avail as Dexter Dunn raced away for another win.  The good night continued for France with Tony Le Beller finishing second on Hezbuyindiamonds.  Australia’s Chris Alford saved plenty of ground on Ruato Bay and grabbed third while Denmark’s Knud Monster was fourth. The ninth heat was somewhat of an upset with Canadian Jody Jamieson lifting 20/1 Justasdangerous over the line after being clearly headed on the turn.  Jody Jamieson took up the early lead but was passed in the back straight by Chris Alford and Billy Branach with more than 400 metres to go.  To his credit Jody Jamieson refused to panic and urged his horse late to hold off Classiemahon driven by Finland’s Mika Forss.  Tony Le Beller finished third behind Samuel Thomas while Chris Alford and Billy Branach held onto fourth. The tenth heat saw ‘The Bionic Man’ Tim Tetrick at his best with the American driving Weliveinhope straight to the front.  Tim Tetrick dictated the speed through the middle stages and was able to kick away turning for home and won as he liked.  Dexter Dunn brought Mcqueen Regal with a well timed run for second boosting him further up the leaderboard while Mika Forss finished third on Claire Elizabeth after racing behind the leader.  Fourth in the race was Vidar Hop driving Lettucesomewhere. Tim Tetrick made it two in a row when he brought Glenburn Addy with a well timed run to win the eleventh heat.  Dexter Dunn continued to bank points when he finished second on Expensive Greeting.  It was a patient drive and he only got clear late but was never a winning threat.  Knud Monster finished third behind Holy Camp Wendy with Tony Le Beller fourth, driving Itsallaboutlu. Tony Le Beller brought up his second win of the Championship in the final heat of the night.  Tony Le Beller took Harlequin Bromac straight to the front and despite being challenged late by Dexter Dunn and Fake Art, he was able to hold on.  Dexter Dunn’s effort to finish second saw the New Zealander move to the top of the Championship after starting the evening in ninth position.  Vidar Hop finished third driving Lettuceplayginger while Pierre Vercryusse ensured the French finished on a good note running fourth with Annies Desire.   Name Point Score After 12 Heats Dexter Dunn 111 Tim Tetrick 97 Tony Le Beller 91 Mika Forss 89 Chris Alford 85 Knud Monster 69 Jody Jamieson 64 Vidar Hop 64 Pierre Vercryusse 63 Guillermo Adrover 59 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve) For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Tim Tetrick and travelling reserve Peter McMullen both picked up catch drives in the non Championship races finished third. The drivers will spend tonight in Wagga Wagga before travelling to Bathurst tomorrow for another four heats.  Bathurst is 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |    

Sunday 22nd February 2015 - Three more heats in the 2015 World Driving Championship were run this evening at Newcastle, a large city 160 kilometres north of Sydney.  Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world but tonight all of the attention focused on the ten international harness racing drivers competing at the Newcastle Paceway.  The track itself is 940 metres in circumference. Australia’s Chris Alford started the night in second position after a strong showing in heats one and two, and after a victory in the third heat he assumed top spot on the Championship leaderboard.  Driving Better Than Max, Alford won narrowly, arriving just in time to grab USA star Tim Tetrick and Kardashiancrusader.  Denmark’s Knud Monster finished third on Shez Juslika while Finland’s Mika Forss picked up some important Championship points when he finished fourth on Son Of A Star. Better Than Max Day 3 heat 3 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Heat four was won by Frenchman Tony Le Beller driving The Merchant Banker.  Starting from barrier one, Le Beller pushed The Merchant Banker out early and held the lead despite being pressured by Red Raphael driven by Tim Tetrick.  Le Beller kicked away turning and won comfortably, second was Gee Tee Wage driven by Chris Alford while Norway’s Vidar Hop finished third driving The Puritan.  Spain’s Guillermo Adrover saved plenty of ground and finished fourth with Strawberry Courage. The Merchant Banker Day 3 heat 4 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. The fifth heat saw an aggressive drive from Finland’s Mika Forss as he pushed his horse Satu to the lead early despite drawing wide on the track.  After finding the front Forss rated Satu perfectly and was able to sneak away turning for home and held a margin to the finish line with Vidar Hop second on Heza Panamach.  Tim Tetrick finished third with Hangover Joe while Tony Le Beller was fourth on Rollon Baby Belle. Satu Day 3 heat 5 Newcastle from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo.   Name Point Score After 5 Heats Chris Alford 52 Tim Tetrick 47 Mika Forss 43 Tony Le Beller 33 Guillermo Adrover 32 Vidar Hop 30 Jody Jamieson 29 Knud Monster 28 Dexter Dunn 19 Pierre Vercryusse 17 Peter McMullen Australia (travelling Reserve)   For all of the latest news and replays log onto https://Vimeo.com/channels/wdc15 Day 2 WDC 2015 from Harbor Television Productions on Vimeo. Canada’s Jody Jamieson won the first race at Newcastle tonight.  The race was not part of the World Driving Championship however he produced a great drive to score on Saint Stormy. The Championship will have a rest day on Monday and will then head to Wagga Wagga on Tuesday for another seven heats.  Wagga Wagga is 455 kilometres south of Sydney.  Greg Hayes | Media Coordinator | Harness Racing New South Wales |

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